Resource Centre

Fighting Knife Crime London has identified and gathered a range of resources concerning knife crime and the associated issues of poverty, deprivation and inequality.

The information comprises of the following, official reports, statistical information, research and legislation. We will regularly update the resources section of the website to ensure that we provide the most up to date and informative information available.  

We hope that this information is helpful to young people and their families, community groups, students, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and journalists.

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The Carlile Inquiry - 10 years on - The use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching on children.

Update on the implementation of the recommendations of the Carlile Inquiry

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Carlile Inquiry

An independent inquiry into the use of physical restraint, solitary confinement and forcible strip searching of children in prisons, secure training centres and local authority secure children’s homes.

Read More

Report of the Children's commissioners of the United Kingdom of GB and NI to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child - Examination of the Combined Sixth and Seventh Periodic Reports of the UK and NI

This report from the Children’s Commissioners of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) informs the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s development of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting related to the UK’s Combined Sixth and Seventh Periodic Reports under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The report identifies emerging trends and key issues, some of which draw on previous concluding observations while others reflect worrying trends caused by the UK’s departure from the European Union (Brexit) and the Covid-19 pandemic. This report is supported by an annex which outlines Childrens Rights in the UK in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child - Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Concluding observations of the fifth periodic report of the UK on its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention - Fifth periodic reports of States parties due in 2014 - United Kingdom

UK Government submission to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on progress in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Read More

Improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System

Aims to influence the development and delivery of new commissioning frameworks and ensure that they have at their core effective measures to improve outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men.

Read More

'Children and the Police' Initial analysis of information request to police forces

Interim report presenting the findings from an information request to all police forces in England and Wales for data held on children and young people in relation to stop and search and police custody facilities.

Read More

The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Public Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.

Read More

Children of Prisoners - Fixing a Broken System

This report provides insight on the issues facing children of prisoners. It examines the extent, nature and root causes of their poorer outcomes and argues that a whole family approach can be used to improve outcomes for children and parents and identifies what needs to change.

Read More

Disproportionate use of police powers - A spotlight on stop and search and the use of force

HMICFRS inspection report into disproportionality in the use of the police powers of stop and search and the use of force.

Read More

Black people, racism and human rights: Government response to the Committee's Eleventh Report of Session 2019-21

UK Government response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights - Black people, racism and human rights

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Black people, racism and human rights

To better understand how Black people felt their human rights were protected in comparison to white people.

Read More

David Lammy open letter to the Prime Minister

Open letter to the Prime Minister from Rt Hon. David Lammy MP.

Read More

Tackling racial disparity in the Criminal Justice System 2020 Update - Includes progress responding to the Lammy review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System

This publication is intended to provide an overview of work undertaken and progress achieved by Ministry of Justice, our agencies and key partners, in tackling racial and ethnic disparity in the Criminal Justice System.

Read More

Tackling racial disparity in the Criminal Justice System: 2018 Update - Includes progress responding to the Lammy review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, black, Asian and Minority ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System, one year on.

Overview of cross government work aimed at tackling racial disparities and an update on progress on the Lammy review.

Read More

The Lammy Review - An Independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System

An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System.

Read More

Report of the Special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Comments by the State

UK government response to the Report of the Special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Report of the special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

At the invitation of the Government, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance visited the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 30 April to 11 May 2018 to assess the authorities’ efforts in eliminating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Read More

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Comments by the State

Comments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Read More

Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, undertook a mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5 to 16 November 2018. The purpose of the visit was to report to the Human Rights Council on the extent to which the Government’s policies and programmes relating to extreme poverty are consistent with its human rights obligations and to offer constructive recommendations to the Government and other stakeholders.

Read More

Being Matrixed: The (over) policing of gang suspects in London

In Spring 2017, StopWatch commissioned Dr. Patrick Williams of Manchester Metropolitan University to carry out in-depth qualitative interviews with 15 Londoners aged between 17 and 32 who are on the Gangs Matrix

Read More

Police Powers: Stop and Search

This briefing paper discusses the police power of Stop and Search in England and Wales.

Read More

Stop and Search Know your rights

Information card on stop and search and rights.

Read More

On the Edge: Life for young women on low incomes in London

Report briefing based on a range of existing research, and new statistical analysis on low income and young women in London.

Read More

Children and Young People's Mental Health: The Facts

Accessible overview of key facts and statistics on the mental health children and young people.

Read More

A Safer City for Women and Girls - The London tackling violence against women and girls strategy 2018-2021

This document is the Mayor of London's strategy for delivering his vision of a safer London for women and girls, covering the period 2018-2021.

Read More

Trapped in the Matrix - Secrecy, stigma, and bias in the Met's Gangs database

Amnesty International has been conducting research on the Gangs Matrix for the past year and has met with more than 30 professionals who use, or are familiar with, the Gangs Matrix. They come from the police, the voluntary sector, and local authorities in several London boroughs – including staff from three borough Gangs Units. We have also asked community members and young people affected by the Gangs Matrix to tell us their experiences.

Read More

Review of the Metropolitan Police Service Gangs Violence Matrix: Update on the implementation of the MOPAC recommendations

Update report on the implementation of the MOPAC Recommendations

Read More

Review of the Metropolitan Police Service Gangs Violence Matrix - A one-year update

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, made a commitment to Londoners in his manifesto and his Police and Crime Plan to conduct a review of the MPS Gangs Violence Matrix. This was achieved and published in December 2018. This review outlined the need to report annually upon the progress made across a number of recommendations. This report forms part of this first full annual review and has had an exclusive focus upon the Matrix cohort and how it has changed, if at all, in the first year since the review.

Read More

Review of the Metropolitan Police Services Gangs Matrix

This is the Review of an enforcement database operated by the Metropolitan Police Service known as the Gangs Matrix. The Review was a specific commitment in the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan and also in his 2016 election manifesto. The Review, the most comprehensive ever conducted into the MPS Gangs Matrix, combines analysis of those on the Matrix; interviews with practitioners and those in communities affected by the Matrix; and detailed discussions with a Reference Group of practitioners and subject matter experts. The Review also takes note of the recent investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the Matrix.

Read More

Violence and Vulnerability

This report explores the issue of vulnerability as a driver of serious violence, focusing on young people. It summarises the current trends in violence and patterns of vulnerability among children and young people, including the rise in poverty and deprivation. We look at the backgrounds and circumstances of a group of offenders and victims of serious violence to explore vulnerabilities that are thought to be connected to greater risks of violence and draw together common themes. Finally, we look at the effectiveness of current approaches to protecting and supporting young people who are at risk of serious violence, offering some recommendations for change.

Read More

The London Knife Crime Strategy

Knife Crime Strategy for London.

Read More

Beyond The Blade

In 2017 we marked the death of each child and teen killed by knives and pursued the themes and possible solutions to the issues surrounding knife crime. We also exclusively revealed national data that showed last year was one of the worst in 40 years for knife fatalities. These pen portraits will no longer be updated.

Read More

All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Building Trust: One Year on - Progress in improving relationships between children and the police

Follow on report of the inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children 2013-2014.

Read More

UK Poverty 2020/21 The leading independent report

This is the 2020/21 edition of JRF's annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people. It highlights early indications of how poverty has changed in our society since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as the situation revealed by the latest poverty data, collected before the coronavirus outbreak. It examines overall changes to poverty, with sections looking at the impact of work, the social security system and housing. It also benefits from powerful insights from members of our Grassroots Poverty Action Group, who have direct experience of living on a low income.

Read More

Child poverty and education outcomes by ethnicity

An exploration of how child poverty and educational outcomes vary for different ethnic groups, including a look at whether there is a relationship between these variables that is consistent across ethnic groups.

Read More

Counting Lives - Responding to children who are criminally exploited

This report is a call to action for professionals to recognise child criminal exploitation and provide a coordinated safeguarding response. Child criminal exploitation is a complex problem that requires a joined-up approach from statutory and non-statutory agencies, and accurate sharing of intelligence and recording of concerns facing children. The report focuses specifically on the experiences of children targeted by criminal networks to distribute illegal drugs (referred to as the 'child criminal exploitation through the county lines model'). Being caught possessing or distributing drugs is of course a serious crime at any age, but where children are groomed by criminal groups they need to be recognised as victims of exploitation. The report sheds light on how safeguarding duties interact with law enforcement responses in these instances potentially with very different consequences and long term impacts on a child's life.

Read More

The Good Childhood Report 2020

The Good Childhood Report 2020 is the ninth annual report on the well-being of children in the UK by The Children's Society. It marks the 15th anniversary of the Children's Society's substantive programme of research to better understand how children feel about their lives, and the tenth year of our own measure of well-being - The Good Child Index.

Read More

Monitoring social mobility 2013-2020: Is the government delivering on our recommendations?

The Social Mobility Commission is an advisory non-departmental public body established under the Life Chances Act 2010 as modified by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. It has a duty to assess progress in improving social mobility in the UK and to promote social mobility in England. The functions of the Commission include: 1) Monitoring progress on improving social mobility. 2) Providing published advice to ministers on matters relating to social mobility. 3) Undertaking social mobility advocacy.

Read More

Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism - An analysis of the processes of criminalisation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals.

Following the publication of Baroness Young's review Improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System in 2014, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies commissioned the authors to write a research and policy project to explore the relationship between Joint Enterprise, gangs, and the police's gang database, and ethnicity.

Read More

Poverty in the UK: Statistics

This summary note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years, as well as poverty by employment status, tenure, ethnic group, disability, region and constituency.

Read More

'Knife Crime' A review of evidence and policy, Second Edition

This review aims to draw together some of the existing information and research on knife crime and makes tentative assessments of the programmes in place to combat knife usage.

Read More

Knives and Offensive Weapons

This briefing provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and the Government's policy on knife crime.

Read More

Serious Violence Strategy

UK Government strategy on serious violence

Read More

Knife crime in England and Wales

House of Commons briefing paper on knife crime in England and Wales

Read More

Crime in England and Wales: Year ending December 2020

Crime against households and adults using data from police recorded crime and the new Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales. Includes the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on crime and people's perceptions of crime during the October to December 2020 periods.

Read More

Securing a Brighter Future: The role of youth services in tackling knife crime

Findings and recommendations of an APPG short inquiry into youth services and the role youth work has in tackling serious youth violence.

Read More

"There is no protection on the streets, none."

Report of a special meeting convened by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime. The meeting brought together MPs and Peers with 16 young people who had been convicted of knife offences or had been victims of knife crime. They discussed the causes of knife carrying and knife crime in small groups before a wider discussion chaired by APPG Chair, Sarah Jones MP. Around 20 MPs and Peers from the APPG attended, including senior parliamentarians and shadow ministers.

Read More

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Complete statement of children's rights which is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Read More

Back to School? Breaking the link between school exclusions and knife crime

This report aims to answer four main questions: 1. What is driving the current rise in school exclusions? 2. Is there a link between rising school exclusions and rising levels of knife crime? 3. What can be done to prevent exclusion from mainstream education, particularly of young people who may be at risk of involvement in serious violence? 4. What happens to young people when they are excluded from school? How do we effectively safeguard them and ensure they access effective education?

Read More

“It’s all about trust”: Building good relationships between children and the police

Follow on report of the inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children 2013-2014

Read More

Reducing Community Conflict - An Ubuntu Approach

Formative evaluation of the Ubuntu Roundtable Project pilot project which took place in 7 London Boroughs. The initiative adopted the African concept of Ubuntu "a person is a person because of or through others" (Tutu, 2004: 25-26) as a vehicle to improve police youth relations, through participatory engagement between young people and the Police in 7 London Boroughs. The project was jointly funded by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Sir John Cass's Foundation (now known as the Portal Trust).

Read More

The Youth Violence Commission’s Report of July 2020

The Youth Violence Commission was established with the recognition that tackling youth violence is the responsibility of all society. The commissioners are therefore comprised of MPs from across different political parties, in order to seek a genuine cross party consensus on solutions to address youth violence. The commissioners will be working alongside the commission’s academic and strategic partners to seek evidence based policy solutions, with the aim of ultimately getting each political party to sign up to the final report’s recommendations before the next General Election.

Read More

The Carlile Inquiry - 10 years on - The use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching on children.

Update on the implementation of the recommendations of the Carlile Inquiry

Read More

Carlile Inquiry

An independent inquiry into the use of physical restraint, solitary confinement and forcible strip searching of children in prisons, secure training centres and local authority secure children’s homes.

Read More

Report of the Children's commissioners of the United Kingdom of GB and NI to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child - Examination of the Combined Sixth and Seventh Periodic Reports of the UK and NI

This report from the Children’s Commissioners of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) informs the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s development of the List of Issues Prior to Reporting related to the UK’s Combined Sixth and Seventh Periodic Reports under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The report identifies emerging trends and key issues, some of which draw on previous concluding observations while others reflect worrying trends caused by the UK’s departure from the European Union (Brexit) and the Covid-19 pandemic. This report is supported by an annex which outlines Childrens Rights in the UK in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Read More

United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child - Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Concluding observations of the fifth periodic report of the UK on its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Read More

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention - Fifth periodic reports of States parties due in 2014 - United Kingdom

UK Government submission to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on progress in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Read More

Improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System

Aims to influence the development and delivery of new commissioning frameworks and ensure that they have at their core effective measures to improve outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men.

Read More

'Children and the Police' Initial analysis of information request to police forces

Interim report presenting the findings from an information request to all police forces in England and Wales for data held on children and young people in relation to stop and search and police custody facilities.

Read More

The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Public Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.

Read More

Disproportionate use of police powers - A spotlight on stop and search and the use of force

HMICFRS inspection report into disproportionality in the use of the police powers of stop and search and the use of force.

Read More

Black people, racism and human rights: Government response to the Committee's Eleventh Report of Session 2019-21

UK Government response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights - Black people, racism and human rights

Read More

Black people, racism and human rights

To better understand how Black people felt their human rights were protected in comparison to white people.

Read More

David Lammy open letter to the Prime Minister

Open letter to the Prime Minister from Rt Hon. David Lammy MP.

Read More

Tackling racial disparity in the Criminal Justice System 2020 Update - Includes progress responding to the Lammy review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System

This publication is intended to provide an overview of work undertaken and progress achieved by Ministry of Justice, our agencies and key partners, in tackling racial and ethnic disparity in the Criminal Justice System.

Read More

Tackling racial disparity in the Criminal Justice System: 2018 Update - Includes progress responding to the Lammy review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, black, Asian and Minority ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System, one year on.

Overview of cross government work aimed at tackling racial disparities and an update on progress on the Lammy review.

Read More

The Lammy Review - An Independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System

An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System.

Read More

Report of the Special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Comments by the State

UK government response to the Report of the Special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Read More

Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Report of the special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

At the invitation of the Government, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance visited the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 30 April to 11 May 2018 to assess the authorities’ efforts in eliminating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Read More

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Comments by the State

Comments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Read More

Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, undertook a mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5 to 16 November 2018. The purpose of the visit was to report to the Human Rights Council on the extent to which the Government’s policies and programmes relating to extreme poverty are consistent with its human rights obligations and to offer constructive recommendations to the Government and other stakeholders.

Read More

Police Powers: Stop and Search

This briefing paper discusses the police power of Stop and Search in England and Wales.

Read More

Review of the Metropolitan Police Service Gangs Violence Matrix: Update on the implementation of the MOPAC recommendations

Update report on the implementation of the MOPAC Recommendations

Read More

Review of the Metropolitan Police Service Gangs Violence Matrix - A one-year update

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, made a commitment to Londoners in his manifesto and his Police and Crime Plan to conduct a review of the MPS Gangs Violence Matrix. This was achieved and published in December 2018. This review outlined the need to report annually upon the progress made across a number of recommendations. This report forms part of this first full annual review and has had an exclusive focus upon the Matrix cohort and how it has changed, if at all, in the first year since the review.

Read More

Review of the Metropolitan Police Services Gangs Matrix

This is the Review of an enforcement database operated by the Metropolitan Police Service known as the Gangs Matrix. The Review was a specific commitment in the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan and also in his 2016 election manifesto. The Review, the most comprehensive ever conducted into the MPS Gangs Matrix, combines analysis of those on the Matrix; interviews with practitioners and those in communities affected by the Matrix; and detailed discussions with a Reference Group of practitioners and subject matter experts. The Review also takes note of the recent investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the Matrix.

Read More

All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Building Trust: One Year on - Progress in improving relationships between children and the police

Follow on report of the inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children 2013-2014.

Read More

Monitoring social mobility 2013-2020: Is the government delivering on our recommendations?

The Social Mobility Commission is an advisory non-departmental public body established under the Life Chances Act 2010 as modified by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. It has a duty to assess progress in improving social mobility in the UK and to promote social mobility in England. The functions of the Commission include: 1) Monitoring progress on improving social mobility. 2) Providing published advice to ministers on matters relating to social mobility. 3) Undertaking social mobility advocacy.

Read More

Poverty in the UK: Statistics

This summary note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years, as well as poverty by employment status, tenure, ethnic group, disability, region and constituency.

Read More

Securing a Brighter Future: The role of youth services in tackling knife crime

Findings and recommendations of an APPG short inquiry into youth services and the role youth work has in tackling serious youth violence.

Read More

"There is no protection on the streets, none."

Report of a special meeting convened by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime. The meeting brought together MPs and Peers with 16 young people who had been convicted of knife offences or had been victims of knife crime. They discussed the causes of knife carrying and knife crime in small groups before a wider discussion chaired by APPG Chair, Sarah Jones MP. Around 20 MPs and Peers from the APPG attended, including senior parliamentarians and shadow ministers.

Read More

Back to School? Breaking the link between school exclusions and knife crime

This report aims to answer four main questions: 1. What is driving the current rise in school exclusions? 2. Is there a link between rising school exclusions and rising levels of knife crime? 3. What can be done to prevent exclusion from mainstream education, particularly of young people who may be at risk of involvement in serious violence? 4. What happens to young people when they are excluded from school? How do we effectively safeguard them and ensure they access effective education?

Read More

“It’s all about trust”: Building good relationships between children and the police

Follow on report of the inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children 2013-2014

Read More

Reducing Community Conflict - An Ubuntu Approach

Formative evaluation of the Ubuntu Roundtable Project pilot project which took place in 7 London Boroughs. The initiative adopted the African concept of Ubuntu "a person is a person because of or through others" (Tutu, 2004: 25-26) as a vehicle to improve police youth relations, through participatory engagement between young people and the Police in 7 London Boroughs. The project was jointly funded by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Sir John Cass's Foundation (now known as the Portal Trust).

Read More

The Youth Violence Commission’s Report of July 2020

The Youth Violence Commission was established with the recognition that tackling youth violence is the responsibility of all society. The commissioners are therefore comprised of MPs from across different political parties, in order to seek a genuine cross party consensus on solutions to address youth violence. The commissioners will be working alongside the commission’s academic and strategic partners to seek evidence based policy solutions, with the aim of ultimately getting each political party to sign up to the final report’s recommendations before the next General Election.

Read More

Children of Prisoners - Fixing a Broken System

This report provides insight on the issues facing children of prisoners. It examines the extent, nature and root causes of their poorer outcomes and argues that a whole family approach can be used to improve outcomes for children and parents and identifies what needs to change.

Read More

Being Matrixed: The (over) policing of gang suspects in London

In Spring 2017, StopWatch commissioned Dr. Patrick Williams of Manchester Metropolitan University to carry out in-depth qualitative interviews with 15 Londoners aged between 17 and 32 who are on the Gangs Matrix

Read More

On the Edge: Life for young women on low incomes in London

Report briefing based on a range of existing research, and new statistical analysis on low income and young women in London.

Read More

Trapped in the Matrix - Secrecy, stigma, and bias in the Met's Gangs database

Amnesty International has been conducting research on the Gangs Matrix for the past year and has met with more than 30 professionals who use, or are familiar with, the Gangs Matrix. They come from the police, the voluntary sector, and local authorities in several London boroughs – including staff from three borough Gangs Units. We have also asked community members and young people affected by the Gangs Matrix to tell us their experiences.

Read More

Violence and Vulnerability

This report explores the issue of vulnerability as a driver of serious violence, focusing on young people. It summarises the current trends in violence and patterns of vulnerability among children and young people, including the rise in poverty and deprivation. We look at the backgrounds and circumstances of a group of offenders and victims of serious violence to explore vulnerabilities that are thought to be connected to greater risks of violence and draw together common themes. Finally, we look at the effectiveness of current approaches to protecting and supporting young people who are at risk of serious violence, offering some recommendations for change.

Read More

Counting Lives - Responding to children who are criminally exploited

This report is a call to action for professionals to recognise child criminal exploitation and provide a coordinated safeguarding response. Child criminal exploitation is a complex problem that requires a joined-up approach from statutory and non-statutory agencies, and accurate sharing of intelligence and recording of concerns facing children. The report focuses specifically on the experiences of children targeted by criminal networks to distribute illegal drugs (referred to as the 'child criminal exploitation through the county lines model'). Being caught possessing or distributing drugs is of course a serious crime at any age, but where children are groomed by criminal groups they need to be recognised as victims of exploitation. The report sheds light on how safeguarding duties interact with law enforcement responses in these instances potentially with very different consequences and long term impacts on a child's life.

Read More

The Good Childhood Report 2020

The Good Childhood Report 2020 is the ninth annual report on the well-being of children in the UK by The Children's Society. It marks the 15th anniversary of the Children's Society's substantive programme of research to better understand how children feel about their lives, and the tenth year of our own measure of well-being - The Good Child Index.

Read More

Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism - An analysis of the processes of criminalisation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals.

Following the publication of Baroness Young's review Improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System in 2014, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies commissioned the authors to write a research and policy project to explore the relationship between Joint Enterprise, gangs, and the police's gang database, and ethnicity.

Read More

'Knife Crime' A review of evidence and policy, Second Edition

This review aims to draw together some of the existing information and research on knife crime and makes tentative assessments of the programmes in place to combat knife usage.

Read More

Knives and Offensive Weapons

This briefing provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and the Government's policy on knife crime.

Read More
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Children and Young People's Mental Health: The Facts

Accessible overview of key facts and statistics on the mental health children and young people.

Read More

Beyond The Blade

In 2017 we marked the death of each child and teen killed by knives and pursued the themes and possible solutions to the issues surrounding knife crime. We also exclusively revealed national data that showed last year was one of the worst in 40 years for knife fatalities. These pen portraits will no longer be updated.

Read More

UK Poverty 2020/21 The leading independent report

This is the 2020/21 edition of JRF's annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people. It highlights early indications of how poverty has changed in our society since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as the situation revealed by the latest poverty data, collected before the coronavirus outbreak. It examines overall changes to poverty, with sections looking at the impact of work, the social security system and housing. It also benefits from powerful insights from members of our Grassroots Poverty Action Group, who have direct experience of living on a low income.

Read More

Child poverty and education outcomes by ethnicity

An exploration of how child poverty and educational outcomes vary for different ethnic groups, including a look at whether there is a relationship between these variables that is consistent across ethnic groups.

Read More

Knife crime in England and Wales

House of Commons briefing paper on knife crime in England and Wales

Read More

Crime in England and Wales: Year ending December 2020

Crime against households and adults using data from police recorded crime and the new Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales. Includes the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on crime and people's perceptions of crime during the October to December 2020 periods.

Read More

Stop and Search Know your rights

Information card on stop and search and rights.

Read More

A Safer City for Women and Girls - The London tackling violence against women and girls strategy 2018-2021

This document is the Mayor of London's strategy for delivering his vision of a safer London for women and girls, covering the period 2018-2021.

Read More

The London Knife Crime Strategy

Knife Crime Strategy for London.

Read More

Serious Violence Strategy

UK Government strategy on serious violence

Read More

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Complete statement of children's rights which is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Read More