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There are societal issues that lead young people into trouble.

Young people must also make a choice...


In 2017/18 there was a 24% increase in homicides involving a sharp instrument (knives, broken glass) from 2016/17* 
33% of all homicides relate to use of a sharp instrument*
London recorded the rate of knife crime to be 168 offences/100,000 population in 2017/18. An 18% increase on the previous year*
In the year ending March 2018, 21,044 'disposals' were issued for possession of a knife or offensive weapon. Young people (aged 10-17) were the offenders in 21% of cases*
There were 5,053 sharp-object related episodes recorded in English hospitals in 2017/18. A 14% increase compared to 2016/17 and 39% higher than 2014/15*
On September the 13th, 2018, the BBC reported that the number of homicides in London alone had reached 100. On November the 13th, the Independent newspaper reported that 'London killings to hit a 10-year high...'
*Research Briefings, Parliament.UK

Young people: be the change you wish to see...

As the new year is well under way, we ask that you join us in calling young people to 'be the change they wish to see'


Our Christmas bulletin launched a campaign to make Barking & Dagenham knife free. We've been working with others including Barking & Dagenham Council, faith groups, schools, others in the voluntary sector as well as young people themselves to identify and reach out to young people at risk of getting swept up in crime to fulfil their potential. This is their plea:
To schools
"I urge you - as those on the front line - to be aware; to become familiar with the referral routes available for students who you fear may become involved in knife crime or gangs and be quick to make those referrals"
~Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council
To teachers
“Teachers see young people more than many other professionals. During this time we build strong relationships. It is key that we take time to understand the risks that may threaten our student and believe that the conversation we have with a student, and the referral we make, could save their life. This is where LifeLine's mentoring really helps”
Amy Howe, Deputy Headteacher, Jo Richardson Community School
To parents
"It's easy to think our sons or daughters are 'ok' because they appear to be doing the right things. But our role as parents is an active one - to guide our children as they grow up. Let's make sure we really know them - how they're doing, where they are, who they're hanging out with, not just be satisfied with outward appearance"  
~Pastor Ade Adesina, Powerhouse Ministries
To faith leaders
"As Faith Leaders we should not just be concerned with how people pray but also how they live. We live in challenging times and I would encourage you to take time to speak with the young people that attend your places of worship, to take an interest and talk with them about their safety and the factors that influence this."
~Zahra Ibrahim, Director of Excel Women's Centre
To the voluntary sector
"In these days of escalating youth violence, let those of us in the voluntary sector make it our business to watch out for the young people within our sphere: encouraging them, taking notice of how they are and warning them of the dangers we may see that they may not"
~Natalie Smith, Education Director, Arc Theatre
To youth mentors
"There are issues in society that can lead young people into the spiral that ends in prison, murder or death. But, as a youth worker, I believe we all have a responsibility to show young people that they have the power to make different, positive choices. Turning to violence isn't the only solution."
~Alex Nelson, Youth Development Worker, LifeLine
To young people
"If you end up hanging out with someone who is involved in a gang and they run, you HAVE TO run too. Otherwise you may end up dead. Other gangs may knife you, just because you're with that person"
~Mark, LifeLine School
SW!TCH Lives, under LifeLine's leadership, is supporting and promoting the #KnifeFreeBD campaign by engaging hundreds of young people at-risk of exclusion and involvement in criminal activity. We're walking with them and supporting them towards improved wellbeing, resilience and meaningful opportunities at school and in the community through:
  • Talk About It Workshops, a unique opportunity to produce creative content with the support of a top-20 artist, using professional studio equipment.
  • 1:1 VIP Mentoring, linking young people with trusted role models to find vision, identity and purpose.
  • SW!TCH Borders, an extracurricular group taking young people out of their comfort zone as they plan and undertake wilderness expeditions.
SW!TCH Lives supports young people to better self-express, re-evaluate the value of education in their lives and engage in positive community activities. Over a journey that may sometimes take years, they gain skills, make positive peer relationships, find new purpose and a more defined sense of self.
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