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 work

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. 

Guided by the voices of young people affected by knife crime, we have been gathering evidence on:

  • Education and exclusions
  • Social media 
  • Youth services
  • Policing, drugs and county lines
  • Sentencing and prisons 
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?

The prime minister Boris Johnson must take personal responsibility for ensuring taking youth violence is top of the Government’s agenda.  This is vital if we are to tackle the current epidemic of knife crime.

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