The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime is a group of over 40 MPs and Peers, set up in response to the alarming rise in knife crime across the country. The group aims to develop cross-party consensus from parliamentarians around new approaches to tackling knife crime, with particular focus on prevention and early intervention.
Official purpose of the APPG, as agreed at the November 2017 inaugural meeting:
To evaluate policies and programmes aimed at reducing knife crime, gain better understanding of its root causes and the wider context of youth violence, and develop recommendations for new measures at both acute and preventative stages with a view to reducing levels of knife crime.
Sarah Jones was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Croydon Central in June 2017. After spending her first summer as MP talking to local organisations, campaigners and young people about the surge in youth violence and knife crime, Sarah held a debate in Parliament on the topic, and set up the APPG on Knife Crime shortly after. Prior to becoming an MP Sarah held several senior campaigning roles including within the NHS, London 2012 Olympics and as Head of Campaigns at Shelter.
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The secretariat of the APPG on Knife Crime is supported jointly by Redthread and Barnardo’s:
Redthread is a youth work charity whose vision is a society in which all young people lead healthy, safe, and happy lives. Redthread’s mission is to empower young people to thrive as they navigate the challenging transition to adulthood by integrating trauma-informed youth work into the health sector. Redthread supports the holistic wellbeing of young people by delivering innovative interventions, personal support, and bridging of services – through their Youth Violence Intervention Programme, Well Centre, and education programmes across London and the Midlands. The aim is to help young people to meet their full potential to live healthy, safe, and happy lives, and move away from cycles of violence and (re-)offending.
Barnardo’s is the largest national children’s charity in the UK. For more than 150 years we have supported some of the most vulnerable children and young people across the country. We believe in children – no matter who they are, or what they’ve been through. We make sure their needs are met, and their voices are heard.