It is nearly 16 years since my young son Damilola was murdered in Peckham. Since then my family and I have tried to channel our grief into positive work with disadvantaged young people, particularly in South East London by founding the Damilola Taylor Trust.
The Damilola Taylor Memorial Lectures (DTML) is an advocacy activity designed to keep the issue of violent youth crime and its destructive impact on the life chances of youths in inner cities on the public agenda, to influence thought leaders and policy makers.
The DTML will be an annual event held on or around the 27 November, the anniversary of the killing of Damilola. High profile accomplished and respected speakers will be given the opportunity to make a carrion call to all sections of the community to pool resources and energy into addressing an issue that is hampering social progress in our time.
The lecture series will provide the forum for dispassionate examination and analysis of the problem, its causes and why current youth crime prevention policies are not as effective as expected in dealing with the issue. Youth development practitioners will also have the opportunity to disseminate best practices and advocate the for better policies for protection of the youth.
A cross-section of key stakeholders capable of influencing the change required will be invited to attend the lecture each year. This will include:
Policy Makers, Law enforcement, Corporate UK,
Youth service practitioners, Press, Civic society and of course
Young people and families affected by knife crime
The Damilola Taylor Memorial Lecture
Date: Friday 25 November 2016
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ
Admission: By invitation only