We hear about it a lot, on the news and in other media, you can’t avoid it – violent crime is on the rise in the United Kingdom.
Knife crime is a worrying part of already disturbing statistics and more often than not the consequences are falling on the young and disadvantaged. Recent figures show that in Cheshire, knife crime rose between 2016/17 by close to 10% over the national average with a 52% increase, compared to the national average of 44%. This is why programmes such as ‘Trade The Blade’ have been introduced to raise awareness and educate young people on this increasing matter.
Did you know that more than 1,000 ten to 19-year-olds were admitted to hospital with knife wounds in the year up to mid 2018? (Source – the BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47159808) Over the same period, some 20,000 people were cautioned or convicted for carrying a knife in England and Wales. While most of these were adults, one in five were under the age of 18. That’s the highest for eight years. (Source – Ministry of Justice via the BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42749089)
And it’s not just the perpetrators, the victims are getting younger too. The NHS in England has reported a 54% rise in the number of children and teenagers treated for injuries from knives over a five-year period. (Source – NHS England via the BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47159808) And those injuries are apparently becoming more severe.
Trade The Blade is an Anti-Knife crime programme run by Youth Fed in conjunction with The Home Office, covering Runcorn, Widnes, Ellesmere Port and Macclesfield. Throughout the programme Youth Fed team members host awareness workshops, deliver high impact talks and conduct mentoring to young people aged 15-18 to help fight the nationwide rise in knife crime.
With combined efforts such as this programme, as well as partnerships and refocusing, the underlying causes will begin to be addressed thoroughly, in turn, reducing knife crime.
For more information about the Trade The Blade programme or to refer a group please contact programme leader Jaf Din:
0151 357 1971