Knife crime is at the highest level on record

Knife offences and knife related deaths have been rising since 2014 across the country. This is a public health crisis which impacts young people.

Our report

Since September 2017, we have been working with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime, looking into the causes of serious youth violence and what can be done to tackle it.

One of the key parts of this is hearing from young people. Too often, they are left out of the conversation. Young people’s voices need to be heard in the debate on how to tackle knife crime.

For this reason the APPG  brought together a group of 16 young people from across the country who had all been impacted by the issue of knife crime in their communities. The report summarises young people’s opinions on what is causing the current rise in knife crime and what should be done to tackle it.

I've been delighted to work alongside Barnardo's for the past two years as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime. As Secretariat of the APPG, Barnardo's offers a wealth of expertise and a clear commitment to ensuring no young person is left behind. The growing challenge of serious youth violence means this work is more important than ever.

Sarah Jones MP

Chair, APPG on Knife Crime

What needs to happen?

It’s vital that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, takes this responsibility seriously by ensuring serious youth violence is at the top of his agenda as he shapes his premiership over the coming days.

Teenagers affected by knife crime are delivering a letter to Downing Street on the 8th August, and the APPG has published a 12 point manifesto from the young people outlining actions they believe would make Britain’s streets safer.

Read the full report and manifesto below.