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Here are the resources we found for knife crime for professionals:
EastEnders: Real Life Knife Crime Stories
With knife crime a continuing issue in the UK, BBC Three has produced a series of powerful, short films in collaboration with EastEnders. They uncover the real stories of the families behind the landmark storyline, as we learn of love, loss and the determination not to forget.
Tooled Up For School
A hard-hitting drama created as an educational resource to highlight the issue of knife crime in young people.
Deep It: An award-winning short film on the impact of knife crime
A collaboration between Fully Focused and young people from across West London to bring you a film that looks at the impact of picking up a knife.
Alison Cope’s workshop at The HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference 2017
In 2013, Alison’s son, Josh had a musical career as grime artist Depzman that had just taken off, with a number one album, and tours of the UK and Europe. In September that year he was murdered in a knife attack outside a night club in Birmingham. He was only 18 years old.
Alison’s workshop at the HeadStart Conference 2017 shares her story, and how she has taken tragic events and used them to support and educate young people in the risk of carrying a knife.
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(Featured resource)Join millions of young people living knife free. 99% of young people in England and Wales live knife free. And, while those that carry often claim to do it to feel safer, carrying a knife can get you into dangerous situations. Even if you can avoid the violence, there are severe emotional, personal and legal consequences that can come from knife carrying. This site will help you get information on knife carrying, its effects, and how to make the right decisions.
No Knives, Better Lives – Information for Parents and Families
A wide range of information, advice, videos and downloads for parents to support young people in their understanding of the risks of carrying a knife. Includes advice on how to have difficult conversations with young people about knives, video materials and case studies, and links to helplines and sources of support for parents or family members who are worried about a young person.
The Trap UK
Young people from across three boroughs of West London came together to produce an educational resource that challenges misconceptions and explodes myths surrounding ‘victimless’ crimes. The Trap was the result. Two powerful films that explore the impact of street drug dealing and knife carrying on individuals and their communities. Their message is loud and clear: There is no such thing as a victimless crime. Everyone gets hurt in the process.
Gun and Knife Crime
Gun and knife crime isn’t as common as some people think, but it does happen. Guns and knives can affect everyone, not just people in gangs. This webpage contains information about what you should do if you are involved in gun and knife crime, what would happen if you got caught and how you can avoid gun and knife crime.
‘My life with Joshua, and what he can teach us all’ – in conversation with Alison Cope
Alison Cope was, and always will be, the proud mum of Joshua Ribera. In 2013, Josh’s musical career as grime artist Depzman had just taken off, with a number one album, and tours of the UK and Europe. In September that year he was murdered in a knife attack outside a night club in Birmingham. He was only 18 years old.
In this podcast, Alison talks to HeadStart about her son, and how she now works with schools and the community to dissuade young people from carrying knives.