Citizens UK

CitySafe: Our Streets, Our Kids

Through conversation and research into crime in the capital, the voice of young people has been heard saying we are not the problem, we are the solution. The Big Idea of CitySafe is that by building relationships and accountability within a community our streets, and children, will become safer.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1107264)

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Over the last 18 months, 10 young people from London CITIZENS member groups have been murdered on the streets of the capital. The problem of crime and the fear of crime is exacerbated by the lack of relationship, accountability and interaction between older and younger people in the same neighbourhood, which tends to leave young people feeling isolated and fearful. As a result, antisocial behaviour has increased and there has been spiralling violence between groups, carrying weapons due to fear.


The CitySafe campaign is a community led response to this problem aspiring to transform the relationship between young people, schools, adults, the police and shopkeepers. Creating safe havens in shops and public buildings is a concrete expression of this cooperation, as is the training of 200 CitySafe champions in leadership, conflict resolution and campaigning.