The 2017 London Knife Crime Strategy
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched the ‘London Needs You Alive’ campaign, part of his 2017 London Knife Crime Strategy.
The campaign aims to tackle the major issue of knife crime in the capital by focusing on the potential of teenagers in music and art, hoping to connect and influence them to make an active choice not to carry a knife.
Knife crime has claimed the lives of 40 Londoners under the age of 25 so far this year, with figures showing knife crime went up by 14 per cent across England and Wales in 2016.
Earlier this year Khan announced an additional £625,000 for knife and gang crime projects, taking total spending to £7million.
The Mayor’s 2017 London Knife Crime Strategy is available to download here and there is much in it that can be adapted by the Sport for Development sector. As we all know, sport can play a central role in diversion and rehabilitation from crime – and knife crime is a growing issue that needs urgent solutions.
The Alliance of Sport’s Positive Action Group on Gangs and Youth Violence is canvassing young people and convening a wider range of key stakeholders to further explore the role of sport and seek solutions to issues like knife crime.
We know that sport can be the driver of behaviour change among young people. The evidence we are collecting along with the partnerships we are building will help us work together to develop, test and evaluate ‘best practice’ so that we can provide more support for members to combat this growing menace on our streets.