KNIFE CRIME PROGRAMME
Each Knife Crime programme consists of four individual sessions. During the programme, young people will explore The Ben Kinsella Knife Crime Awareness Exhibition or our Presentation, followed by three discussions around the subjects of Knife Crime and culture, Anger and Bereavement.
Who is eligible?
All youth organisations are eligible. Including schools and academies.
What is the cost?
The programme costs from £695. We do have funding from The National Lottery Community Fund for youth groups, allowing you to access the programme for free, please do get in touch to find out more.
When is it available?
How long is each session?
Exhibition - up to 2 hrs (not including travel)
Sessions 2, 3 and 4 - up to 1hr each
How do I book?
Just send us an email! We'll send you over our booking form.
Email us here or phone 0207 226 4040
KNIFE CRIME FACTS AND STATISTICS
The majority of knife crime occurs in urban areas, with London having the highest rate of knife crime among cities in the UK. However, knife crime has been rising in other cities as well, including Manchester and Birmingham.
Young people are disproportionately affected by knife crime, with those aged 16-24 being the most likely to be involved in knife crime offenses.
Knife crime is a complex and serious issue in the UK that requires a multifaceted approach that addresses not only the immediate problem of knife possession and violence, but also the underlying social and economic factors that contribute to knife crime.
The government has introduced measures such as increased funding for policing, a crackdown on the sale of knives to minors, and programs to steer young people away from crime. However, experts argue that addressing the social and economic issues that contribute to knife crime is essential in reducing offenses.
The most recent knife crime statistics for the United Kingdom are from the Office for National
Statistics (ONS) which covers the year ending March 2021. According to the ONS, there were:
Over 208,000 knife crime offenses in England and Wales, a decrease of 4% compared to the previous year.
In terms of the number of knife crime offenses per 1,000 population, the rate was 3.2 in England and Wales.
The number of knife crime offenses in London was the highest of any region, with over 58,000 offenses.
The number of offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument as the weapon used has increased by 7% in the year ending March 2021.
The number of homicides involving a knife or sharp instrument was the highest in London, with 104 homicides recorded in the year ending March 2021.
It's worth mentioning that the statistics may vary depending on the source and method of measurement. Also, crime figures may be influenced by changes in crime recording practices and crime definitions.
Children have learned about how knives are being carried with the intention of defence but are more often than not being used against the carriers as often fatal weapons. Children learned ways in which to deal with their anger. They learned stats about knife crime and they got a reality about the law when it comes to knife crime. They were encouraged to report any person carrying a knife
James Byrne Tollgate Primary School
Thank you so much for all your help, the day went really well, really engaging the pace was hard going but was fantastic to have them come in and support the drop down day. Tony (I got confused which was which unless they were together so I am sorry) the one with the long dreadlocks, was amazing he had the classes captured and his knowledge was real which was excellent.
Clare Nunn (District Youth and Community Commissioner) Essex County Council
They learnt the consequences of knife crime and how everyone loses who is involved. I feel it is a preventative programme that helps young people understand that they need to control their anger and emotions, otherwise they will end up either being a victim of knife crime or in prison and that having good company also plays a major role.
Gulcin Ozdemir Victory Youth Club
I am really pleased to have attended the programme and have recommended it internally to peers who I believe are in the process of organising for their own cohort of students. Students have corroborated/refreshed/expanded their knowledge around youth violence. I feel that this has taken place in an impactful and memorable way through the exhibition and workshop programme.
Hannah Roberts Edmonton County School
Each stage was timed perfectly for full impact and the student’s attention was held. Anything longer and the affect may have been lost. They found the Talkshop sections a useful tool to discuss their understanding of the impact and effects of knife crime.
Rebecca Meek (Deputy Achievement Team Leader) Parliament Hill Girls School