Violence Reduction Alliance

Ben Kinsella Awareness Workshops

The Violence Reduction Alliance (VRA) has funded two Ben Kinsella workshops for parents and carers on gangs, exploitation and knife crime. 

In 2023 the VRA consulted with parents and carers on their views around community safety and help and support available to them on keeping their child safe. The final report highlighted:

  • 46% of respondents ranked ‘knife crime/carrying an offensive weapon’ as their top concern
  • 21% ranked ‘County Lines/drug dealing’ as their top concern
  • 84% of respondents said they do not feel they have the correct tools/knowledge to start a conversation with their child about CCE 
  • 70% did not feel they had the correct tools/knowledge to start a conversation with their child about knife crime/carrying an offensive weapon
  • 67% stated that education/training on these topics would help them to feel more confident in starting a conversation with their child
  • 52% stated guidance on how to start a conversation with their child on these topics would help make them feel more confident

To support parents and carers, the VRA has funded two awareness workshop hosted by the Ben Kinsella Trust on Gangs, Exploitation and Knife Crime. The workshops cover:

  • An understanding of gangs, what they are, do, how and why
  • Language and slang
  • Signs and stages of County lines & Child exploitation
  • Online risks for young people, social media
  • Trauma involved in gang activity
  • What is “regular/normal” behaviour vs cause for concern with young people
  • Why exploited/at risk children might resist help and how to overcome this
  • How we can prevent exploitation/knife carrying as parents and as a community
  • Resources and support available from the Ben Kinsella Trust and other organisations

The workshops will take place online via Zoom. Please secure your space via the links below:

Tuesday 12th March, 18:00pm – 19:00pm 

Monday 18th March, 19:00pm – 20:00pm 

If you have any questions please email or visit The Ben Kinsella Trust | #StopKnifeCrime.

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