By Eric Young-
Cabinet chiefs in North West London have approved a £700k programme aimed at intervening and prevent mental health sufferers from getting caught up with gang culture.
The cash investment which was agreed at a cabinet meeting last Monday and will help expand the reach of an existing service run by St Giles Trust in preventing those suffering from mental health from becoming involved in gangs.
The service will include more street-based outreach workers trained to identify vulnerable young people who are likely to be suffering from mental health difficulties and offer them advice and assistance
Women at risk of criminal exploitation will also receive tailored help.St Giles, based in Camberwell, has successfully reduced the rate at which young offenders re-offend by 52.
A new community liaison officer would also be appointed to act as a link between local people, the council and partners like the police and health services, among others. The approach is in line with the Mayor of London’s public health approach, which looks to balance enforcement with more holistic, preventative measures.