Council receives funding to confront knife crime and gang culture

Birmingham City Council and 20 other community backed projects have been awarded a share of £9.5 million to confront knife crime and gang culture.

Working with Birmingham Children’s Trust the council will use £485,845 from the Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund to deliver whole family interventions and additional training to school staff and professionals. The partnership will also utilise emotion coaching which supports young people on how to manage stress and use the same staff to deliver to ensure consistency and familiarity.

Overall the Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund will enable keyworkers, community groups, teachers and other professionals across the country to work with children and young people at risk, to intervene early and help stop them from becoming drawn into gang crime, serious violence and the youth justice system.

A further £300,000 will also be available for local authorities across England to train frontline staff on how to tackle childhood trauma. This follows evidence that many who are vulnerable to serious violence and youth crime have experienced childhood trauma that has affected their mental health and confidence.

Knife crime continues to be a real concern for communities across the country, especially in Birmingham, yesterday (21/02) detectives launched an investigation after a 16-year-old was stabbed to death in Sara Park in Small Heath.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said: “Carrying a knife should never be a rite of passage. For too long, it has been normalised behaviour for too many teenagers in our communities.

“Every violent incident, every injury, every young life lost is a tragedy that has devastating consequences for all involved.

“The early intervention strategies set out by the projects we are funding offer real alternatives to children and young people who may otherwise become involved in gang crime.”