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March 29th, 2010:

Shank: making a point

The shocking events at London’s Victoria station last Thursday, when a teenager was murdered by a large group of youths appearing to be a school gang, shows that the level of knife crime among young people is clearly as rife as ever.

The government and charities have been very forward thinking and established several anti-knife and anti-violence initiatives, with sites like  www.itdoesnthavetohappen.co.uk and www.cybermentors.org offering young people places to seek help and advice.  Both were promoted through the Ten Nine networks of secondary schools and youth centres to place the messages directly into young people’s minds, using posters and clings.  The launch of the government campaign focusing on abuse in teenage relationships was also communicated direct to its 13-18 year old target audience with posters and postcards in youth centres and schools.