Join us #STOPKNIFECRIME

20th to 26th May 2024

Knife Crime Awareness Week takes place between the 20th and 26th May 2024. This week-long campaign draws attention to the devastating national problem of knife crime while providing educational resources about its risks and consequences.

Everyone must understand the problem of knife crime, because everyone has a personal responsibility to tackle it. #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek highlights the complexity of the problem, the devastation that it causes to families and communities and ultimately that knife crime is preventable.

You can take action. By educating others, making a pledge, sharing your story or fundraising; you can be the change needed in our society.

Join us in our quest to #StopKnifeCrime

[ 1 ] Monday

The tragedy in numbers

In the 12 months leading up to March 2023, 78 young people under 25 were murdered with a knife or sharp object. 10 of them were under 16.

Knife crime has increased by 81% since 10 years ago. It is as high now as it ever has been.

It doesn’t stop there. There are many more statistics that paint the picture of how knife crime is ravaging the lives of young people and their families across the United Kingdom.

It’s time for change.

Monday is all about raising awareness through numbers: highlighting the devastating crime that is destroying families across the country every year.

For all

Share these statistics and ensure we reach as many people as possible. Today is about ensuring that everyone is informed about the wide-reaching impact of knife crime.

📝 Write to your MP to highlight the issue of knife crime

#️⃣ Share statistics on social media under the tag #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek. You could use our ready made social media images, or share the Ben Kinsella Trust’s statistics page

For schools, charities and youth organisations

👪 Increase parents’ understanding of knife crime by sharing key statistics in a parents newsletter, and let them know you are engaging in  #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek

#️⃣ Share statistics on social media under the tag #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek. You could use our ready made social media images, or share the Ben Kinsella Trust’s statistics page

[ 2 ] Tuesday

Real stories, real people

Sixteen years ago, on 29th June, 2008, 16 year old Ben Kinsella was stabbed to death. It didn’t start – or end – with Ben. He was the 17th teenager to be murdered that year, in what would go on to be a record year for teenage homicide in London at that time.

Other young people, like Champion Ganda, Jodie Chesney, Duran Kajiama, Olly Stephens, and Abdul Aziz Ansari have since all lost their lives to knife crime. Since Ben’s death, there have been over 1000 more young people murdered with a knife.

It’s time for change.

Tuesday is all about raising awareness through real stories about the impact of knife crime. Knife crime doesn’t discriminate. Age, gender, ethnicity, religion, academic ability, friends, or family don’t make a difference. Everyone needs to know. Today, we share the stories of those who have been impacted by knife crime.

For All

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#️⃣ On social media and wherever you can be heard, share the true story of someone who has been impacted by knife crime and on social media, tag #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek and add our logo! The story could be your own story, a story of a young person known to you, or a local story. Or, the Ben Kinsella Trust have many true stories which you can share.

Add the Knife Crime Awareness Week logo so everyone knows you’re joining the campaign!

For schools, charities and youth organisations

🏫 Run an assembly or session where you focus on the story of one young person who has been impacted by knife crime. This could be your own story, a story of a young person known to you or your organisation, or a local story.

Alternatively, we have many true stories which you can share.

#️⃣ On social media and wherever you can be heard, share the true story of someone who has been impacted by knife crime and on social media, tag #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek. This could be your own story, a story of a young person known to you, or a local story. Or, we have many true stories which you can share.

Add the Knife Crime Awareness Week logo so everyone knows you’re joining the campaign!

[ 3 ] Wednesday

Prevention through education

Education is fundamental to stopping knife crime.

We have a wide variety of free workshops and resources for parents, young people, and teachers and practitioners to educate everyone about knife crime and its impact.

It’s time for change.

Wednesday is all about prevention through education. We cannot stop knife crime without education.

Use Wednesday to educate yourself and others about knife crime.

For parents and carers

🌐 Join the Ben Kinsella Trust’s Knife Crime Awareness for Parents and Carers workshop – a free online workshop to learn all about topics surrounding knife crime, and how to keep young people safe.

🗣️ Open up a conversation about knife crime with a young person. See the Ben Kinsella Trust’s guide to knife harm to understand the facts so that you feel more confident when talking to your child about knife harm.

For schools, charities and youth organisations

🧑‍🏫 Explore the real, lived experience of people affected by knife crime and youth violence with your class. The Ben Kinsella Trust’s PSHE lesson plans are designed for KS2, KS3, and KS4 and include all the worksheets, activities, and videos that you need to run a successful lesson.

🎟️ Book one of our award-winning anti-knife crime workshops to educate young people about knife crime, and how to make positive choices to stay safe.

🏫 Run an assembly or session to educate young people about knife crime

[ 4 ] Thursday

Make your pledge

Make a personal pledge that you’ll do your part in stopping knife crime –
take a pledge as an individual or as an organisation.

It’s time for change.

For all

#️⃣ Sign a personal pledge that you’ll do your part in stopping knife crime. Share your pledge on social media with others to spread the message and
tag #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek

For schools, charities and youth organisations

📝 Ask your pupils to sign a pledge to never carry a knife and to act responsibly and appropriately if they know of knife carrying in their peer groups. Pupils can sign as individuals or as a class. Share your class pledge to social media under the tag #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek to spread the message!

📝 Sign a pledge as a teacher, youth worker, or senior leader to keep children and young people safe and play your part in stopping knife crime. Share your pledge on social media with others to spread the message and
tag #KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek

[ 5 ] Friday

Fundraise to #StopKnifeCrime

Fundraise to help us stop knife crime.

It’s time for change.

For all

🫶 Make a donation for a charity which works to prevent knife crime or run a coffee morning, a sponsored walk or fundraise in your own way to help us to #StopKnifeCrime.

For schools, charities and youth organisations

👕 Run a mufty day for a charity which works to prevent knife crime, or fundraise in other meaningful ways.

[ 6 ] Saturday & Sunday

Keep the momentum

#KnifeCrimeAwarenessWeek is about exactly that – raising awareness for the devastating impacts of knife crime. But it’s not too late to reverse the trend and keep our children safe. Together, we can stop knife crime.

It’s time for change.

For all

Keep up the momentum of raising awareness, educating others, and making a difference to the lives of our children and young people.

You can read the stories of those affected by knife crime, help us to raise funds, get free resources, take part in challenge events, and for corporations, you can support us with a corporate partnership.

Supporting agencies & Sponsors

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