How to be safe and who to contact for help

Youth safety

As a young person it is good for you to be aware of what is going on around you, how to protect and defend yourself and what you can do if you find yourself in a threatening situation.


Incidents of violence are low in the borough but it would be naive to think it doesn't happen at all. Find out more about the law, what penalties can be handed down, and how you go about reporting a crime.

Youth violence

Stay safe - youth violence is not the answer!


  • do you want to risk getting a criminal record or being seriously injured?
  • if you are arrested you will face a serious penalty and maybe a custodial sentence


  • Do not reply to messages or Tweets about rioting or violence
  • discourage your friends from getting involved
  • don't go out to see what is going on as you could face arrest even if you are just watching what is happening - stay at home if you know there will be trouble


  • if you are feeling angry or frustrated with what is happening, talk to someone or get involved in taking postive action such as peaceful demonstrations
  • there are lots of youth services and activities you can get involved with - see events and activities 

Call the Youth Support and Development Service on 020 7938 8000 for more information on services, confidential advice and guidance.