Knife Crime Workshops & Gun Prevention Awareness
- Duration: 1 – 4 hours (Custom Sessions Available)
- Location: UK/International
- Suitability: Schools including Prep, Independent, Boarding & International, Colleges, Universities, Foster Homes, Prisons, Secure Hospitals, PRUs, Young Offender Institutions, Charities and Corporations
- Workshop Type: Face to Face or Virtual Facilitation via Zoom/Teams etc
- Staff Training/Corporate Workshops: Yes
- Training Resources: Getting Real with Guns and Knives: Covering Laws, Gang Culture, Music & Social Media Influences, Prevention Strategies and Much More by Letise Sampson (See Resource Guide Tab)
Engage and educate young people and adults of all ages with our Knife Crime workshops for schools, prisons, colleges, charities, staff training and more. Delivered by experienced facilitators, our knife and gun crime workshops can be fully tailored to suit the requirements of any learning environment.
Our Knife Crime Workshop Can Explore:
- Gang Culture & Dangers
- County Lines Drug Trafficking
- Mental Health & The Consequences of Knife and Gun Crime
- What The Law Says About Knife/Gun Crime & Carrying Weapons
- Conflict Resolution
- Self-control, Respect and Self-Respect
- Peer to Peer Influence and Weapon Use
- Peer Pressure – Saying ‘NO’ to Carrying Gun & Knives
- Social Media & Trap and Drill Music: Cause or a Symptom?
- Staying Safe: Borough Wars and the Postcode Trap
- Social Media and Knife Crime
- Grooming & Knife Crime
Knife Crime Workshop Overview
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.
The Gang Prevention/Awareness Was Very Good
R, Thomson, Head of Lower School, Warwick School
The Gang Workshop Was Highly Informative and Engaging
D, Godwin, Assistant Headteacher, The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Kensington, London
The Gang Prevention Workshop Was Excellent
Thanks for providing us with such a high quality workshop facilitator at short notice. The Gang Prevention workshop was excellent and well received by all of our students. His stories had our students hanging on his every word. I am sure our students will remember his workshop for a long time in the future and hopefully it will make them think, if they ever find themselves in some of the situations he described in his talk.
N, Bailey. Assistant Head, Selston High School, Nottingham
The Facilitator Was Extremely Professional and Informed
Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London
The Gang Prevention & SRE Was Beyond Amazing!
M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation
Gang Workshop Was Appropriately Shocking and Informative
A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London
Knife Crime Sessions Was Absolutely Brilliant!
K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.
Powerful Gang Workshop That Engaged Our Young People
K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus
Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention
J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham
The Drugs Awareness Workshops Were Brilliant!
M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon
Thank You for the Gang Prevention Workshop
T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London
Absolutely fantastic! Knife & Gang Prevention Training
S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton
Thanks for the Gang and Knife Crime Workshops
N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College
The Gang Prevention Speaker Was Engaging and Confident
L, Jaques. Bromley Council Youth Service Team
The Sessions Went Well!
The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.
L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.
The Gang Workshop Was Brilliant!!
The kids found the message Gang Prevemtion and Drugs Awareness workshops powerful. We would welcome more sessions like this in the future.
S, Downley. Saint John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
As with most of our PSHE workshops, our Knife and Gun crime Awareness Workshops can be customised to suit the needs of your school or organisation. Generally speaking, an interactive Knife Crime workshop can be delivered as a morning/afternoon or full school day sessions which is typically 1-hour x 4/5 sessions with different groups of 30 students on rotation. For charities, corporate organisations or staff training please note we can customise any workshop according to your timetable and program.
Our knife crime prevention workshops along with our 60 other 2020 Dreams PSHE workshops can be delivered to a number of organisations. This includes Schools, Universities, Charities, Prisons, Corporate Organisations and Parents.
Our Knife Crime Awareness workshop program can be customised for all ages to cover various strategies in dealing with Gangs, Knife Crime, Guns, Drugs Awareness Weapon Crime Prevention & Laws.
Below are some suggestions for your workshop:
– Gun/Knife the Law & Consequences
– County Lines
– Peer Pressure
– Grooming and Initiation
– Local gangs
– Female sexual exploitation
– Postcode trap
– Knife & Guns the Dangers
– Dangers of drugs
– Respect Culture
Yes, as with all elements of our knife crime workshops we can tailor the time table to suit your needs. Sessions can be customised for your individual requirements, for example, you may want a workshop for 2 hours/4 hours, or one hour every week for 8 weeks, or maybe you want to fit in 6 sessions a day – we give you the control to decide how your workshop pans out.
We can deliver any specialist knife crime workshops or training to just about ANY organisation in the mainland UK and also international. Some remote areas require additional travel and accommodation expenses. We can provide knife or gun prevention workshops across the UK from Bristol, London, Ipswich, Sheffield, Liverpool and Birmingham all the way to Southampton.
We have a dedicated Knife Crime, Gang & Prevention Staff Training program to support staff and parents working with young people. Get in touch to find out more.
We have over 60 PSHE programs available, from Grooming to Radicalisation, County Lines, Drugs & Alcohol, Cyber Bullying, Sex & Relationships, Consent, Teenage Relationship Abuse to name a few… if you are planning a drop-down day take advantage by letting us provide multiple workshops to support your needs – find out the full list by downloading our 2020 Dreams brochure.
“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 Boris Johnson
- From September 2018 to September 2019, there were 32500 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
*From Ministry of Commons Library: knife crime statistics
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.
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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 Knife Crime 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 Training Book Resource
Getting Real with Guns and Knives: Weapon Crime Reduction – A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community’ by Letise Sampson is a 2020 Dreams 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.
To support our work in raising awareness we have produced a number of books.
Topics include RSE, Knife Crime, Gang Prevention, Mental Health & more.
Our publications are suitable for both parents & teachers.
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.
Knife Crime Training Book Topics include:
- 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.
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.
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