Upcoming events - APPG on Knife Crime
Youth Services & Knife Crime: A Conversation with Young People
Young people talk youth services and the impact on their communities
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime and the APPG on Youth Affairs are holding a joint event about the importance of youth services, and the role they play in prevention and diversion of young people away from knife crime and serious youth violence.
The session will bring together young people, parliamentarians, youth workers and other experts to explore 3 key questions:
- What do young people want from youth services?
- What does effective youth work look like in 2019?
- What role do youth services have in helping to tackle knife crime and serious youth violence?
We are delighted to be joined by a number of speakers including singer and songwriter Ray BLK (TBC), Leigh Middleton (CEO, National Youth Agency), Dr Michael Whelan (Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies, Coventry University), and more.
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Previous public events
Back to School? Breaking the link between exclusions and youth violence
Date and Time
Tuesday 30th Oct 2018 – 18:00 –19:30
Houses of Parliament
Since 2014, knife crime has increased by 54% while permanent school exclusions have risen by 56%. The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy and several other reports have identified exclusions as a factor driving violence. A report into county lines called exclusions a ‘highly significant trigger point’ and experts claim official figures ‘grossly underestimate the scale of the challenge of exclusion’. Solutions are now needed.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime will host an event featuring evidence from experts, input from young people and audience contributions as we look to identify the necessary policy changes to tackle this issue.
We are delighted to be joined on the panel by:
Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards (invited)
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England (confirmed)
Kiran Gill, CEO of The Difference; Associate Fellow, IPPR (confirmed)
Geoff Mount, Barnardo’s Practitioner from an Alternative Provision Service (confirmed)
James Robinson, Headteacher of Camelot School, Peckham; Her Majesty’s Inspector, Education (confirmed)
We are also pleased to be joined by young people from Barnardo’s YouTurn service which works in South London to reduce early signs of youth violence and supports those who have been affected by it. They will share their experiences of and opinions about exclusions and lead a Q&A session with the expert panel.
Lessons from the USA & Scotland: public health approaches to youth violence
Date and Time
Wed 4 July 2018 – 18:00 –20:00
Houses of Parliament
The APPG on Knife Crime and the Youth Violence Commission are delighted to host two of the world’s leading experts on public health approaches to violence for a special discussion event in Parliament:
Charlie Ransford, Director of Science and Policy at the Chicago-based NGO Cure Violence
Karyn McCluskey, founder and former Director of Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit.
We are in the midst of the largest rise in youth violence and knife crime in over a decade. The situation is most serious in London but is worsening across the country. Increasingly there are calls for a public health approach to tackle this problem. Karyn McCluskey and Charlie Ransford are world-leading experts in treating violence as a public health issue. They have developed groundbreaking programmes which have helped reduce violence in the USA and Scotland. At this event they will talk about their experiences and discuss how we can apply this approach to the UK’s knife crime and youth violence epidemic. The event will also feature audience discussion and a panel with representatives from Redthread and the Youth Violence Commission.
Places are extremely limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. We encourage those working with young people to try and bring a young person along, as their questions and contributions will be particularly valuable.