Gun and Knife Crime Workshops
Our engaging Gun and Knife Crime Workshops help and support parents, teachers, youth workers, police and others to deglamourise this criminal world. We highlight the reasons people carry knives and firearms and the implications of doing so and explore ways of avoiding conflict and making better choices.
Shocking stories and statistics, concerning the death and injury of young people as a result of knife and gun crime, highlight the need for early effective intervention. Our thought-provoking and interactive gun and knife crime workshops aim to tackle this problem at its root, educating those most at risk and helping them to protect themselves from being caught up in crime – either as victim or perpetrator.
While gun and knife crime can affect anyone at any time, it is a fact that young people are most at risk, particularly if they come from disadvantaged backgrounds. In a world where carrying an offensive weapon is treated as acceptable – even desirable – the chances of young lives being ruined by injury, death or a prison sentence increase significantly.
Fully risk-assessed, our gun and knife crime workshops provide the ideal environment for the safe exploration of delicate and controversial issues, supporting educational work on citizenship. We can customise workshops to suit your schedule, focusing on particular topics if required. We can also provide a consultancy service for those who want to develop their own gun and knife crime programmes.
Key Statistics* *From Ministry of Commons Library: knife crime statistics
“Far too many people still think they can go out armed with a knife. We need to send the clearest possible message that this simply has to change” – Prime Minister David Cameron,
• From September 2017 to September 2018, there were 32 500 crimes involving knives
• A British Crime Survey carried out in a similar period reported that a knife was used in 6 per cent of violent attacks
• Juveniles (ten to seventeen years) made up 18 per cent of cases
• NHS statistics reported that there were 4,647 admissions to English hospitals following an assault by a sharp object
Below are some comments made by staff and students from London South East Colleges after the workshop re: feedback forms.
Name one thing that has stood out to you/impacted you about today’s presentation:
“Captivating and relevant, he managed to keep the students interested” Jenna Staff member
“2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture and knife crime. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery” Karina, Staff Member
“That no matter who you are or how you dress they can still approach you”
“How easy it is to get trapped”
“Stay safe by not joining gangs”
“How to get out of gangs”
“I didn’t know that some people would go to uni just to sell drugs”
“A very powerful story a lot of people need to hear it”
“His life story about his family and friends”
“Never be easy influenced”
“What stood out to me the most is how easy it can be to lose track”
“People can get pulled into doing something that could potentially ruin their career path, goals or achievement”
“Don’t be influenced by the bad lifestyle”
“The story about Delroy”
“Live life as much as possible”
“Not to follow people who take their path to a wrong level”
“It made me laugh and kept my interest”
“Crime can impact someone’s life”
“The story in prison”
“Interesting story and presentation”
“Consequences and don’t take life for granted”
“Crime is bad”
“A story about a friend”
“Not to take life for granted”
“That you need to avoid strangers and don’t take anything from random people”
“I just didn’t know a person can lose houses because of gangs”
“People getting taken off the streets to sell drugs”“It can be anyone. The most inconspicuous person could approach you and reel you in”
“Being more careful outside, Don’t hang around strangers who are older than you, be careful with talking with older people”
“Knife and gang crime is everywhere”
“Anyone can approach you”
“The effect of gang crime and how serious it is.“
“It’s real life issues”
“Couldn’t pick one thing, I would say everything what Steve said impacted me in the presentation.”
“Many more younger people die more than older people”
“About how to be wise when approached by someone is not friendly, and Don’t give up on your dreams”
To conclude we feel the workshop was an overall success and had an impact on the students who participated so thank you for providing such a powerful workshop.
Another member of staff who was in Travis’ first session sent an email around to all staff during the session telling how amazing he was and how engaged the students were. Other members of staff also commented on how Steve was able to communicate his message so clearly with the students, in a way that both told the realities of gang and knife violence without glorifying it in any way at all.
I would like to thank both Travis and Steve for a fantastic morning.
Thank you for your support.
As a school we will look to embed the use of 2020 dreams into the extensive school PSHE curriculum and work around our SMSC programme.
How our Gun & Knife Crime Workshops Can Make a Difference
Our gun an knife crime workshops use the vehicle of drama and role-play to tackle a serious nationwide problem.
We carefully tailor our 2020 Dreams gun and knife workshops to the group of young people we will be engaging with. We can deliver either a general workshop focused on raising awareness of the issue in the minds of young people in schools and youth centres, or a hard-hitting version suitable for Pupil Referral Units.
Please contact us on 0800 471 4983 for more information on our gun and knife crime workshops.
Our Gun & Knife Crime Workshop Can Explore Any Of The Following Issues:
- Why people carry knives and guns
- Gang Culture & Dangers
- What the law says about knife and gun crime
- Forensics in the investigation of serious crime
- The effects of knife and gun crime
- Domestic violence
- Racial discrimination
- Media portrayal of the perpetrators and victims of knife and gun crime
- The reality behind the media
- Conflict resolution
- Self-control, respect and self-respect
- Staying out of trouble
- Tools for becoming a more responsible citizen
- Saying ‘NO’ to carrying gun & knives
Our Strategy for Success
We carefully structure our gun and knife crime workshops for maximum impact. Each session is run by one of our professional expert facilitators who will be experienced in presenting sensitive issues using role-play scenarios.
These enjoyable, interactive activities are designed to achieve engagement with the participants and lead on to a group discussion about the issues raised. We focus attention on identifying solutions that can be used effectively in the real world and cover topics such as resisting peer pressure and negotiating compromising situations.
Ultimately, we believe that education about gun and knife crime is an important part of any child support programme, and is one of the key ingredients in moving towards a situation of zero tolerance towards the carrying of offensive weapons.
Getting Real With Guns and Knives eBook: A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community
The first few months of 2018 shocked the nation with horrific stories arriving from London on an almost daily basis about stabbings and shootings on the city’s streets.
This book is designed to raise awareness of current laws around knife and gun possession in the UK and the combination of factors and influences that lead to youth violence. It also suggests practical ways to help schools and communities tackle the problem and for young people to stay safe.
What will happen if you are caught with a knife? What stop and search powers do police have? What can schools do if a pupil has a knife? What are the effects of social media? What is the role of parents? How can communities work together to tackle youth violence? These questions and more are addressed within.
Written by someone with personal experience of growing up under the shadow of gangs and youth violence and containing research, case studies, discussion points and engaging activities, this book is for everyone: schools, parents, community members and young people themselves.
- Bio – Letise Sampson
- The Historical Context
- Knives, Guns and the Law
- Weapon Laws Through Time
- Why Young People Carry Knives
- Understanding the Media Lens
- Predicting Violence: Individual Risk Factors
- Predicting Violence: Social Risk Factors
- Predicting Violence: Family and School Risk Factors
- Risk Perception and Communication
- Where Knife and Gun Crime Happens
- Danger in Numbers: The Peer Effect
- Youth Culture and its Effect on Violence
- Consequences on Physical and Mental Health
- The Link Between Drugs and Weapons
- The Effects of Social Media, Music and Gaming
- Family Initiatives
- School-based Interventions
- The Role of the Police and Government
- Multi-agency Strategies: Intelligence Gathering
- Multi-agency Strategies: Effective Response
- Multi-agency Strategies: Focusing on Prevention
- Multi-agency Strategies: What Can Schools Do?
- Reassuring the Community
- But Does it Work? Measuring Outcomes
- Workshops/Consultation – Hard2Engage/2020Dreams
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Please read through our testimonials to discover how our gun and knife crime workshops have provided valuable and effective support for various crime-fighting bodies. If you would like to discuss booking a workshop to fit your organisation, or would like more information on our workshops or the 2020 Dreams project, then please contact us on 0800 471 4983.
For more information on providing young adult or child support via 2020 Dreams workshops, please visit our blog which is regularly updated with stimulating and thought-provoking articles on a wide range of challenging child development issues.
Book a Gun & Knife Crime Workshop
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If you’ve been affected or worried about gangs, knifes or gun crime and would like to talk to someone please contact the numbers below:
Speak to someone about any worry, any time.
08000 28 22 23
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0800 555 111