London Needs You Alive Toolkit and knife images

MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When reading The London Needs You Alive Toolkit, I was pleased not to see any images of knives in the lesson plans that are designed to encourage people to stay away from that type of violence. Has MOPAC now adopted a trauma-informed approach to knife education lessons, which focuses on teaching the consequences and improves critical thinking as a way of communicating a positive message away from crime, rather than showing images of knives? Will MOPAC be sharing details of this approach with the Metropolitan Police Service?


Answer for London Needs You Alive Toolkit and knife images

Answer for London Needs You Alive Toolkit and knife images

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My strategy supports a full and comprehensive public health approach focusing on creating positive change, addressing underlying vulnerabilities, reducing risk factors by working with mental health providers and with young people involved in knife crime; supporting a trauma informed approach to our interventions when commissioning rehabilitation services.

The LNYA campaign and supporting toolkit was developed to support young people to re-connect with positive aspirations and self-identity and to understand the consequences of knife crime. The focus was to deliver positive anti-knife crime messaging and supporting parents, community leaders and schools to engage positively with young people.  The MPS worked with the Mayor's Office in the development of the campaign and will be supporting its dissemination.

We are also developing a toolkit that provides advice on what to do in the aftermath of a knife crime, aimed to help front line workers such as teachers, faith groups and community groups to recognise the signs of trauma in family members and friends affected by a knife crime and to take appropriate steps to support them.  I will also work with the MPS in the delivery of this toolkit.