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
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 & Knives Publication
‘Getting Real with Guns and Knives: Weapon Crime Reduction – A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community’ is a 2020 Rising publication focused on raising awareness about the history, causes, legal implications and potential solutions to knife and gun crime.
Most people understand that carrying a knife represents a serious threat to life and liberty. Yet too many young people still make the decision to carry one.
Youths and adults alike are sometimes exposed to myths about knives and guns so it is important that everyone keeps themselves fully informed. For example, did you know that:
- It is illegal to sell a knife of any kind to anyone under the age of 18 (except in Scotland where cutlery and kitchen knives are allowed)
- It is illegal to buy, sell or carry a firearm without a licence
- It is illegal to buy or sell an imitation firearm to anyone under the age of 18
- It is illegal to carry a knife in public without good reason unless the blade is 3 inches or shorter and it is not a banned type (e.g. a Swiss army knife is allowed)
- Examples of banned knives include zombie knives, disguised knives, stealth knives and swords. It is illegal for anyone to buy, sell or carry these
- Self-protection is never deemed a good reason to carry a knife
- It is illegal to use any knife – even a legal one – in a threatening manner
‘Getting Real with Guns and Knives,’ will equip readers with up to date information, research findings and the details of various weapon crime strategies.
All 2020 Rising publications are also designed to be hands-on and practical. Teachers and parents will find plenty of activities, discussion points and real life case studies (both uplifting and harrowing) to help them to engage with their students and children.
- The impact of weapon crime on physical and mental health
- Peer influence and weapon use
- The effects of social media and video games
- The role of the police and government in tackling knives and guns
- Borough wars and the postcode trap
- Risk perception and reassuring communities
- The reasons why youths carry knives
- Predicting youth violence
- Measuring outcomes of anti-weapon strategies
- Knife and gun law through time
- Trap and drill music: a cause or a symptom?
- The link between drug trafficking and weapons use
- County lines operations
- History of knife crime in the United Kingdom
- Better together: why we need multi-agency strategies
- The need for school and family initiatives
- Risk and protective factors
- Violent behaviour and youth culture
This in-depth resource is a valuable addition to any anti-weapon program you may be running in your school, youth institution or community group. You can download a paid copy here:
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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:
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