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Knife crime strategy (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

The knife crime strategy notes that "we will take a trauma-informed and culturally competent approach". What actions have been taken to reflect this in practice?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Trauma-informed approaches delivered by culturally competent workers already form the basis of all City Hall commissioned work to support victims of youth violence and exploitation. Services, such as the youth workers embedded in A&Es and those supporting children exploited by county lines through Rescue and Response, acknowledge that failing to recognise and treat underlying factors may prevent a young person escaping the cycle of trauma which can lead to violence.

I recognise the power of youth workers to reach young people who are not accessible in the same way by schools, social services and the criminal justice system. This is why through our commissioning, providers must demonstrate that their staff have the right experience and skills to engage with complex young people, and ongoing training and supervision is provided. It is also important that we support other organisations to develop good practice in this area, which is why my Young Londoners Fund programme provides training on trauma-informed practice to youth organisations.

Over the same period, wider activity across the MPS targeting violence has seen 68,003 weapon sweeps carried out, 5,036 knives recovered along with 2,458 offensive weapons.