Safer London believe every young person should be given the opportunity to live free from exposure to gangs, exploitation and crime.
Safer London is the leading London charity working to prevent and address gang violence, vulnerability and sexual exploitation. They provide needs led intensive support, early intervention and mentoring through their extensive, pan London services.
Born in 2005, the charity was set up with a grant from the Metropolitan Police Authority providing core funding to support young people at risk of crime. For over a decade they have worked to reduce violence and crime, promote gender equality and healthy relationships, and seek to find young people genuine alternatives to gangs and crime.
Their collaboration with the Met set them off to a great start – expert knowledge and guidance to support their charitable aims, over 120 crime prevention projects supporting young people, and the honour of having HRH the Prince of Wales as their Patron.
Following the riots of 2011, Safer London decided to change their model of operation and stepped down as the Met’s charitable arm – they went from a grant giving organisation to one of direct delivery. They decided these changes would allow them to respond better to the needs of young people and help fill in gaps within the sector where there were no services being provided.
Since going it alone Safer London has helped tens of thousands of young people escape the dangers of gangs, crime, and exploitation – but not only that – they have equipped them with the skills to make the right choices going forward so they can be the best that they can be.
Their vision is a world where all young people can thrive, free from exposure to gangs, exploitation and crime.