This toolkit is designed for professionals to use with children and young people who are at risk of carrying or using a knife. It can be used by staff in Youth Offending Teams for young people on court orders or prevention programmes, and by youth workers, Early Help and other social care officers, teachers and school staff and staff in secure settings. It has been designed by BraveSpace, the youth justice consultancy, in partnership with young people and staff from Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham and Lewisham; and with the graphic design skills of young people from Haringey and Islington engaging with Wipers Youth project. It has been delivered for the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, as part of the Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy.
This product is designed as a toolkit – a suite of intervention sessions from which professionals can select those which apply to the needs and circumstances of individual young people. All of the sessions can be adapted for use in one to one or group settings, as applicable. Text which is italicised forms advice for staff on delivery of the session. The toolkit also references a number of videos which can be used to enhance learning.
As with all resources for group and one-to-one work dealing with violence, care should be taken in planning these sessions. Tailoring the material to your local context and participants, and using appropriate challenges where needed, will reinforce the positive outcomes of this work.