Concern Hubs trial and data protection

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In a WIRED article on 2 April 2019, it was reported that a: "new system called the Concern Hub, headed by a central team at Scotland Yard that will liaise the Met and hubs in each of Greater London’s 32 boroughs, has already been undergoing an unpublicised trial in the capital." A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Service was quoted, describing it as: "a new multi-agency diversion initiative” set to launch in south-east London in April, with a wider rollout across the city in the coming months, and saying that the aim is: “to safeguard young people at significant risk of becoming involved in violence, drugs, or gang activity.”

Is this report and quotes accurate? If so, in which boroughs has this new system already been trialled, which boroughs will be involved in the initial rollout, and what consultation has occurred between the Metropolitan Police Service, community representatives and the Information Commissioner's Office to avoid the discrimination, legal concerns and data protection issues that occurred with the Gangs Matrix?

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The Concern Hub is a multi-agency diversion initiative, not a replacement for the MPS’ Gangs Matrix or the Gangs Matrix in another name. The Met, in collaboration with Lewisham Council, is developing a new multi-agency diversion initiative called The Concern Hub. This pilot aims to safeguard young people at significant risk of becoming involved in violence, drugs, or gang activity. This is not being trialled in any other borough at present.

This model will bring together cohorts of young people involved in serious youth violence. Individuals identified as being at risk will be provided support and pathways away from violence. Unless exceptional circumstances apply, individuals offered support through the hub will be informed why they have been identified. The MPS has briefed the Information Commissioner’s Office on the work of the Concern Hub, and facilitated a visit on 19 February.