three youths wearing hoodiesA youth summit was held as part of the full council meeting at Stone Pavilion to discuss current issues affecting youth in Stone.

Reports from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner both address gangs, county line violence, exploitation and drug supply operating between Metropolitan Boroughs and Kent Districts.

Excelsior Safeguarding, Refocus Project and Play Place all presented how they as organisations are tackling the problems surrounding youth crime.

The council indicated that they would be keen for the “primary need to know” sessions from Excelsior Safeguarding to be held at schools in the parish, and then further sessions for parents and teachers to create a greater awareness so they can better identify early positive intervention opportunities.

The Council will meet to resolve funding for the selected organisations.