EDIT JAN 2019 – SEE OUR SERIES OF VIDEOS WITH YOUTH VIOLENCE SPECIALIST CRAIG PINKNEY HERE
This post is a copy of the links shared via the LGfL DigiSafe newsletter a few weeks ago, but due to popular demand, I’m reposting here a roundup of resources and advice available for schools on knives and gangs. Do let us know what else you would find useful.
You may have seen Home Office #KnifeFree adverts in the past few weeks. There is an accompanying website: knifefree.co.ukhas videos of people who have moved away from or resisted gangs, includes risks, consequences, facts, info for parents, reporting advice and further links. The videos may be more suited to Secondary pupils, but there is lots that could be useful in Primaries for teachers and parents.
There are also POSTERS which might help as discussion starters around school.
The NSPCC has a dedicated gangs page which will be useful for all colleagues. There is advice and guidance and a great video to share with staff / parents. Make sure parents are aware they can call the NSPCC hotline (0808 800 5000) for adults concerned about a child for advice on issues including gangs:
Finally, below is a list of further links that may be of use / interest.
But first, we are looking at what other support we can offer to schools in the area of gangs, in particular in relation to social-media-driven conflict, aggression and violence. If you have ideas or particular needs in this area, hit reply to tell us so we can best provide the support you need.