Cllr Jacqui Dyer is the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills, and Community Safety and a councillor in Vassall ward.
In the last decade, the government have forced huge cuts to public services, and in particular the police, local government and preventative services that keep our residents safe. Despite this, we’re determined to deliver on our vision to make Lambeth one of the safest places in London for children, teenagers and young adults.
The development of this strategy provided an opportunity for us to review progress, having the views of residents and other stakeholders at the heart of what we aim to achieve. Covid-19 has shown us that business as usual is not an option- we need to tackle the inequality and racism that is present in our society, ensuring that we give our residents, particularly our youngest ones, the best opportunity to thrive and succeed in life.
Our role as a Council is that of an enabler, putting our communities and their needs at the heart of all we do. We aim to be as inclusive and representative as possible, removing the barriers to participation, understanding what matters to our communities, and recognising that not all communities and areas in our borough will have similar concerns when it comes to community safety.
Our ambition is also realistic – we recognise that it will not happen in a short period of time. That is why in Lambeth we have taken a long-term, public health approach to violence reduction- intervening as early as possible so that the aspirations of a young person do not become limited due to the obstacles that they encounter in life. It also cannot be delivered alone – this is about working with schools, police, NHS, justice, local employers and, crucially, our residents and community groups who make up our fantastic borough.
The strategy will deliver a new approach to community engagement and participation; identify, acknowledge and address racism; and develop and embed a holistic approach to preventing violence against young people. It is backed up by significant investment in these services and in our communities, including in partnership with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s investment in youth services and violence reduction.
Cllr Jacqui Dyer