On Tuesday 21st November, the first full meeting of the APPG on Knife Crime brought together 15 young people who had been convicted of knife offences, or were victims of knife crime, in the Palace of Westminster to talk to MPs in a private roundtable discussion.
Senior MPs and Peers, including Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott heard directly from young people about the pressures they face, why more young people are carrying knives and what support young people want to see. The powerful session was attended by young people from across England & Wales, as far afield as Sunderland and South Wales. Both Parliamentarians and young people gave positive feedback of the event, which has been used to inform the APPG’s first mini-report, readable here.
The APPG is grateful to Secretariat Redthread and Barnardo’s, as well as the Youth Justice Board for their assistance in bringing together a diverse and passionate group of young people.