“Our families tend to be quite sheltered and they don’t have the information or knowledge about knife crime and these other issues"
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“Our families tend to be quite sheltered and they don’t have the information or knowledge about knife crime and these other issues"
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Issues We Work With - Serious Youth Violence

Saving young lives, raising awareness. Click here to find out more about our services in this area.

Help for vulnerable young people involved in or at risk of criminal exploitation

Knife crime. County lines.  Gangs.  These are all words used to describe a situation where children and young people have their lives put at risk through criminal exploitation.

Our work involves direct, intensive help for these young people and those around them. We also work with those at risk through prevention and awareness-raising and offer support to parents and professionals working with young people. 

Our model of employing staff who come from the same backgrounds and have overcome similar problems means they speak the language of the young people they are working with.  As such, they are able engage the young people and help them progress in a manner which is exceptional and goes beyond the expectations of their parents and the other agencies working with them.

Criminal exploitation of young people and the issues that come with it are no longer confined to the inner city. The 2019 National Crime Agency report on county lines estimates there are around 2,000 active county lines operating in the UK which has led to a stark increase in the need to help those affected.

We deliver a specialist county lines intervention service in Kent – the first ever of its kind.  An evaluation into the first year found 85% of the young people either exited county lines or progressed towards doing so. Download the evaluation here.

Last year (2018/19) our caseworkers helped: 

  • 428 vulnerable young people to reduce their county lines activity
  • 190 young people to exit gangs
  • 383 young people to reduce their missing episodes
  • 286 young people to improve their school attendance 
  • Plus our facilitators carried out 1007 prevention and awareness-raising sessions with 55578 participants across the UK – the vast majority of whom were children.