Fighting Knife Crime London (FKCL) is now a well-established and increasingly respected part of the work being done in Greater London to empower young Londoners and change their lives for the better. We do not charge for anything but offer every kind of information. The signposting and pathway provision that we offer just gets better. We believe it is now the best website that is solely dedicated to providing reliable information, and all forms of resources designed to help young people that London can offer. We have become far, far more than a directory, and our increasing number of practical partnerships ensure that we are able to build on the offer we make. Where someone has a better offer we signpost that too.
Anyone interested in helping another young person can find inspiration here – whether it be from our highly accessible directory, or more widely from the fascinating insights and long experience of some of the major players in youth engagement that are working across London, and nationally, who write for our quarterly magazine. It is now accessed by an increasing number of professions working in the field of youth engagement across London, who subscribe by direct mail to the magazine, and by those who daily visit our website. We regularly check our entries, and keep in touch with the many hundreds pf groups and organisations which are featured on our website. They all receive our magazine by email too.
Our searchable section, packed full of the most recent reports, statistics, and research papers, has no equal in London that we have yet found. The free facilities we offer to community projects, the police, employers, educators, local government, and charities across London to use us to spread news and information on social media and on our website is always available through our newslink here. Our video area is there for you to use, and to feature your own videos and podcasts about the subjects we address. If your organisation is not featured, and you think it should be, then click on this link here and we will add it for you, and ensure with your help that it is always up to date.
Our ethos from the day we launched has been to trumpet the work done by others, in every kind of place, to raise up young people, or to provide encouragement to them and to signpost life-changing opportunities. Whatever it is that is needed – a mentor, a job, or a new social group engaged in a shared project of interest – a sport, arts, music, or anything else, or just a new friendship group, can be found via our website, with a direct link to more closely focussed information. In every borough of London, we offer such solutions.
We are now working to improve our reach across every sector genuinely engaged in the kind of collaboration that interests us – the NHS, social prescribing organisations, community groups, employers, teachers, police officers from those BCUs that have shown committed to informed engagement at community level, from Arts projects, sports clubs, mental health bodies, and those who work with particularly disadvantaged sectors.
We have a simple poster that can be reproduced on any colour printer, with direct links via QR codes to places that offer help, to FKCL, to our partners and via our website and social media, to a world of new solutions. PRINTIT OUT PLEASE NOW and pin it up in any public area where that is permitted, where young people gather, at work, in schools, in community centres, in surgeries and in police station lobbies, or anywhere else it can be useful. It can be found here.
Working with our website designers, Iconic Media Solutions, our intention is to work with the grain of public and private sector endeavours to enhance solutions that are already in place.
Let us know how we improve the resources we offer. No young person should be left behind for any reason, and we want to help in every way we can to see that this does not happen. If you think we are messing something, let us know please and we will try to make your ideas some wings to fly.
Dr. Nadia Habashi FRSA – Research Coordinator, Advisor and Quality Evaluator for Fighting Knife Crime London
Dr. Habashi FRSA recently led the review into allegations of institutional racism at the Westway Trust, on behalf of Tutu Foundation UK (TFUK). During the period 2016-2018 she was co- evaluator with (Dr Bankole Cole, Reader in Criminology, Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice) of the TFUK Police-Youth London borough, funded by the Mayor of London (MOPAC). She is co-author with Dr Cole of Enhancing Community Resilience: Assessing the role that Black and Minority Ethnic Law Enforcement (LEA) Staff associations and networks can play in the fight against radicalisation.
She was a researcher to Dr Richard Stone OBE, a panel member of the Macpherson Inquiry and undertook archival research for his books, Hidden Stories of the Lawrence Inquiry. She was responsible for developing the Scrutiny Panel process in the Crown Prosecution Service to improve the prosecution of race and religiously aggravated crime, for which she was recognised with a Justice Award. She was a former Head of Local Delivery at the CJS Race Unit, Office for Criminal Justice Reform, with responsibility for the delivery of the PSA 24 Target on Race Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales. She is an Advisor to the National Black Police Association and is responsible for undertaking research and submissions to the Home Affairs Select Committee and the United Nations. She has a PhD in Race and Participatory Governance and is an expert in the use of community engagement to improve performance of Criminal Justice Agencies.
Sir Ken Olisa OBE, CStJ, FRSA, FBCS, Chair of the Positive Transformation Group
Sir Stephen O'Brien CBE, Convenor of Second Curve Network, Vice-President of Business in the Community
Professor Sital Dhillon OBE, Head of Law and Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Bankole Cole, Sheffield Hallam University
Baroness Helena Kennedy KC FRSA HonFRSE
Chris Wright, CEO of Catch22
Dan Brown, Founder of the Positive Transformation Group
Sir William Atkinson DL
Clive Conway ARAM, Chair, Tutu Foundation UK
Dorothy Bjorck (editorial assistance)
Melissa Stock, barrister, for pro bono advice
Steve Parker of London Media Lounge
Craig Kelly (MD) and his magnificent team at Iconic Media Solutions
AND FINALLY but not least, our heartfelt thanks to all those private and institutional donors who have so generously donated to raise the considerable sums required to design and maintain this website for the first 3 years.