oneRichmond cannot achieve everything at once. As an initial priority, we will focus on the needs of young people, particularly but not exclusively those affected by poor mental health and those who are coerced into criminal activity. On The Edge reported that:
- Richmond is ranked the worst out of 32 London Boroughs for low GCSE attainment of free school meal pupils; and the 4th worst youth wellbeing scores in London.
- Richmond has the highest rate of hospital admission for self-harm for 10-24 year olds in London; a third of our 16-19 year olds already have a diagnosed mental health condition.
- Richmond has the 10th highest percentage of 15 year olds engaging in 3 or more risky behaviours in the country.
Rocket Science have been commissioned to undertake local research into the needs of young people in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. At the end of last year, a consultation meeting took place with professionals working with young people in Richmond. 14 young people were trained as peer researchers and have engaged with 226 young people. Regrettably, the outbreak of the coronavirus delayed work with additional focus groups and planned 1-1 interviews. It is expected that the final report will be available at the end of 2020 with key recommendations on how we might best support our young people.