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Knife Crime

Knife crime in the UK has been a growing concern in recent years, with statistics showing an increase in the number of knife-related offenses. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), knife crime in England and Wales reached a record high in the year ending March 2020, with a total of 44,771 offenses recorded. This represents an 8% increase compared to the previous year and the highest number of offenses recorded since the data began in 2011.

London has been particularly affected by knife crime, with data from the Metropolitan Police showing that knife crime in the city increased by 23% in the year ending March 2020. The number of homicides involving a knife in London also rose from 122 in 2016 to 149 in 2019.


Research has identified a number of factors that may contribute to the rise in knife crime, including poverty, lack of education and employment opportunities, and exposure to violence. A report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that poverty and inequality are key drivers of knife crime, with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds more likely to carry a knife for protection.

While there is no single solution to reducing knife crime, research suggests that psychological education may play a role in preventing young people from becoming involved in violent behavior. A study published in the British Journal of Criminology found that education programs that focus on developing empathy and emotional regulation skills can help to reduce aggression and violence in young people.


Additionally, The Office of the Children's Commissioner in the UK published a report in 2017 which indicates that providing young people with education and mentoring programs that focus on building life skills and problem-solving abilities, as well as providing support for mental health issues such as trauma and depression, can help to reduce the risk of young people becoming involved in knife crime.

In conclusion, knife crime in the UK is a significant concern, with statistics showing an increase in the number of knife-related offenses in recent years. Factors such as poverty and inequality are believed to be key drivers of knife crime, with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds more likely to be involved. However, psychological education and mentoring programs that focus on building life skills, emotional regulation and support for mental health issues can help to reduce the risk of young people becoming involved in knife crime.


Impact of knife crime on young people:

1. Physical harm: Knife crime can result in physical harm, including serious injuries and fatalities (ONS, 2021). According to the ONS, in the year ending March 2021, there were 7,527 knife crime offenses involving injury in England and Wales (ONS, 2021).


2. Mental health problems: Knife crime can also have negative impacts on young people's mental health, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (NSPCC, 2020). Witnessing or being involved in knife crime can be traumatic and can lead to mental health problems in young people.


3. Involvement in the criminal justice system: Young people who are involved in knife crime may also become caught up in the criminal justice system, which can have negative impacts on their future prospects and well-being (Maguire, 2018).


Supporting young people who are caught up in criminal exploitation:

1. Early intervention: It is important to provide early intervention and support for young people who are at risk of being caught up in criminal exploitation (Maguire, 2018). This can include providing support with education, housing, and mental health, and addressing underlying issues such as poverty and trauma.



2. Prevention programs: Prevention programs, such as mentoring and education programs, can help prevent young people from becoming involved in knife crime (NSPCC, 2020). These programs can provide young people with positive role models, skills development, and support to make positive choices.


3. Support for victims: It is also important to provide support for young people who have been victims of knife crime, including trauma-focused therapy and support for mental health issues (NSPCC, 2020).




What support can bMindful Psychology offer?

At bMindful Psychology, we understand the complex and unique needs of young people who have experienced trauma. Our team of trained professionals provides evidence-based and trauma-informed support to young people, families and care teams.


Our approach is grounded in the latest research and best practices, and we work closely with other professionals to provide a holistic and integrated approach to care.


We offer a range of evidence-based interventions to support the young people, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, which can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is specifically designed to help young people who have experienced trauma.


We also offer support to carers, including supervision, training, and consultation, to help them understand and respond effectively to the needs of young people who have experienced trauma. This includes providing information on how trauma can affect young people's behavior and development, as well as strategies for creating a safe and supportive environment.


In addition to these services, we also offer support for the whole system, including the delivery of various training courses that are trauma-informed and evidence-based.


At bMindful Psychology, we believe that by providing evidence-based and trauma-informed support, we can help young people to overcome the effects of trauma and move forward in their lives. We are committed to working closely with young people, parents, carers and other professionals to provide the best possible care and support.

If you would like to know more about how we can help support you, or your business, please visit our website www.bMindfulpsychology.co.uk or call our office on 0161 510 0111.



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