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Parents lead on safer communities

Published Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Parents in Enfield are developing active networks of support to strengthen community safety in the borough to deal with issues relating to serious youth crime. These networks form the Parents Engagement Panel (PEP).

Parents lead on safer communities

Recently over 80 parents from the PEP met councillors to discuss ways of extending their work, which grew out of a commission last year looking at 'Improving Life Opportunities for Young People in Enfield.' The PEP was created as a recommendation of the commission and is the first in the country.

Cllr Martin Prescott, who led the joint party scrutiny commission at the time said, "The tragic loss of young life through youth violence affects us all. As a parent, I believe that we all have to take action.

"Parents have a key role in knowing where their children are and who they are with. The PEP is a growing and important force for good."

Cllr Chris Bond, cabinet member for environment, who was at the meeting added, "Parents today are responding with valid and inventive ideas to tackle community safety. This common sense approach is the way forward for us all."

At the meeting parents came up with an abundance of ideas which included:

- The PEP providing advice in the community to parents about how to work with young people and keep them safe;
- Parents patrolling with police and being more visible in the community;
- Training on conflict resolution and specialist training on strengthening families and communities.

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