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Young People Work Together to Help Reduce Knife Crime at the Leeds Knife Crime Summit

Youth Voice Summit for Secondary Schools & Colleges

UK Youth Parliament’s ‘End Knife Crime’ Campaign

16th July 2019

Put an end to knife crime. Too many young people’s lives are lost to knife crime, and there is an opinion that the government need to do more to help end the knife crime epidemic. 

Members of Youth Parliament wanted to do something here in Leeds to help children and young people develop a better understanding of the knife crime issue in the UK and how they can work to actively reduce the stigma around knife crime here in Leeds.

Local Members of Youth Parliament met with lots of different organisations and services across the city who are working to reduce knife crime and the stigma surrounding it. The Members of Youth Parliament decided to host a Youth Voice Summit for Secondary schools with the aim of increasing young people’s knowledge of the subject and also to hear first-hand from others who have been involved in knife crime.

On Tuesday 16th July 2019, Members of Youth Parliament supported by the Voice and Influence Team held the annual Youth Voice Summit for secondary schools. Every secondary school and college in Leeds was invited to bring students from any year group. On the day, we were joined by 46 students representing 8 schools and youth groups from across the city. 


The young people took part in a number of workshops and heard from inspirational speakers during the day, and worked together to think about how they can share their learning back in their schools and communities. Read the full event report attached.


For further information on the Voice and Influence team, contact Kayleigh.thurlow@leeds.gov.uk. 

05 Sep 2019

Kayleigh thurlow
Voice, Influence and Change Team
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