Youth Action on Knife Crime

UK-wide

About the campaign

Our England only campaign for 2020

Knife crime is a complex issue, which will only be improved by the combination of individual action and government-level change..  In the 2019 Make Your Mark ballot, over 292,470 young people aged 11-18 from across the UK voted to put an end to Knife Crime. Members of Youth Parliament respectively voted at the House of Commons to make this the England only campaign for 2020, to get young people and decision makers to take action against knife crime.

Why?

  1. There has been an 80% increase in knife crime since 2014.
  2. There were 43,516 knife crime offences in the 12 months ending March 2019.
  3. Out of 44 police forces, 43 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011.
  4. Over 4000 people were admitted to hospital as a result of a knife-related assault in 2017/18.
  5. Doctors said the injuries they were treating were becoming more severe and the victims were getting younger, with increasing numbers of girls involved.
  6. In 2017, almost 300 people died as a result of knife crime.
  7. One in four victims were men aged 18-24.
  8. Figures also showed that 25% of victims were black – the highest proportion since data was first collected in 1997.
  9. In 2019, 1 in 5 knife crimes were committed by under-18s.
  10. In 2018, a Home Affairs Committee report said police forces were “struggling to cope” amid falling staff numbers and a leaked Home Office document said they had “likely contributed” to a rise in serious violent crime.

 

We would like to see a significant reduction in knife crime across the UK:

  • To categorise knife crime as a public health issue.
  • To roll back the use of ‘stop and search’ as a method of addressing knife carrying.
  • Education in schools, colleges and community groups on the harm that these deadly weapons can cause.
  • For the Government to put pressure on businesses and platforms that allow people to advertise and glamorise knife crime.

What’s been happening online?

You can follow all the action on Twitter via #notoknifecrime.

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