SECURING A BRIGHTER FUTURE: The role of youth services in tackling knife crime

Knife crime has reached a record high. Offences involving a knife or sharp instrument rose by 7 per cent in the year to September 2019 to 44,771.1 This latest rise means that the number of incidents recorded by police has increased by almost half in the eight years since comparable records began. Particularly concerning is the rise in the number of young people who are carrying knives. More than 17,500 boys aged 14 reported ever having carried a knife or weapon in England and Wales; a third of those arming themselves have had weapons used against them.2