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Opportunities in life should not be based on a postcode lottery, but available to all young people, regardless of background and ability.  Young people today face an unprecedented range of daily challenges which are often reported in the media and press.  All of which, further support our drive to provide every young people across the country, with a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time, with access to employability, health and sporting initiatives which make a huge contribution to their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Youth services ‘decimated by 69 per cent’ in less than a decade amid surge in knife crime, figures show

Published: 25th September 2019 The Independant

Spending on youth services in England has been decimated by 69 per cent in a decade and is set to reach its lowest point in a generation next year, new figures show.

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Action on rise in youth violence completely inadequate, say MPs

Published: 31st July 2019 The Guardian

Serious youth violence is a social emergency and the government needs to get a grip on the problem or more teenagers will die, MPs have said.

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Knife crime rise ‘linked to youth service cuts’, parliamentary report finds

Published: 8th May 2019 The Independant

Rising knife crime could be linked to budget cuts that have decimated youth services in parts of England, according to a parliamentary report.

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Keeping kids safe

Published: 18th March 2019 Children's Commissioner

Improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation.

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Better policing alone will not eradicate knife crime

Published: 15th March 2019 Financial Times

We need to give desperate young men an alternative to gang culture.

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Gangs: 27,000 children in England say they are members – report

Published: 28th February 2019 BBC News

There are 27,000 children aged between 10 and 17 in England who identify as being part of a gang, according to a report by the Children's Commissioner.

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Feeble drug policy fuels war on our streets

Published: 15th January 2019 The Times

A new approach is needed to help children escape from a world of drug-running, gang coercion and premature death.

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Surge in young knife deaths amid police cuts and ‘a climate of fear’

Published: 29th November 2018 The Guardian

England and Wales record 37 deaths so far in 2018 as charity stresses deprivation underlies violence.

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How to solve youth violence (and how we can all help)

Published: 21st November 2018 BBC Ideas

Knife crime and youth violence are rarely out of the news - musician and mentor Femi Koleoso says we can all play a role in tackling them.

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Knife crime: What happened to Michael?

Published: 6th November 2018 BBC News

“Right now, London is a shambles. You've got loose-headed teenagers running around with knives and guns, thinking it's normal.”

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Panorama: Murder on the Streets

Published: 3rd September 2018 BBC iPlayer

Across Britain, serious violence is rising. There have been over 90 murders in London in 2018 alone, which includes sixteen teenagers. Panorama investigates why.

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