What To Do Immediately After a Knife Attack

#SeriousAboutYouth via BBC Bitesize

In the unlikely event that you are ever a victim of, or a witness to, a knife attack there are some practical steps you can take to make sure that you and those around you stay as safe as possible. While it would be perfectly natural to panic when someone has just been harmed, time is important. Street Doctors have this vital advice to follow immediately if you ever experience or witness a stabbing:

1. Keep yourself safe
By safe, means out of harm’s way. If there is an active argument or crime scene and it’s not safe to stay with someone who’s been hurt, get to a place of safety such as a shop, cafe, restaurant, gym, youth centre or police, ambulance or fire station. Go to where there are adults or members of the public. When you’re safe, call for help by dialing 999. Ask for an ambulance.

  1. Apply pressure to the wound
    First check there is no sharp object in the wound. If there is no sharp object present you can apply pressure directly to the wound. If you have something to wrap around your own hands, such as clothing or a scarf, etc. you can use that.
    If a sharp object is present DO NOT remove it. If you can do so without hurting yourself, you can apply pressure by placing your hands to the sides of the object on the person’s body, and pushing down. Keep your hands a safe distance from the sharp object.
    Applying pressure might cause discomfort, but the more pressure you apply, the greater your chance of helping a blood clot to form and preventing further loss of blood.

3.Keep calm
We know that this would be a really stressful situation but if you can, be as calm as possible and stay on the phone with the ambulance staff. They can offer you real-time help.

4.Emergency first aid
If the person is not breathing, perform chest compressions by placing your hands on top of each other and pushing down in the centre of their chest (aim for 30 compressions at a rate of 100 compressions per minute). If you’re unsure what to do inform the ambulance staff on the phone will help you.

Faith Schools – Are they providing a clear picture?

By Jennifer Valentine-Miller

Jennifer’s school photo 1978

From the 1970s (when I was at school) to year 2020 many conversations at school reunions constantly feedback the same message “our school let us down”, and Faith school students also say the same thing.

At school I obtained Pass certificates in Religious Studies and Social Ethics which I enjoyed. However in the long run those studies were not relevant when applying for jobs unless I wanted to go to Bible college, which I did not want to do at the time. Also, there were theatre studies and sports activities which I was encouraged to partake in because it was part of my school’s syllabus. However, When I attended drama classes, netball tournaments and tennis tournaments, my head of year would only exclaim that outside activities were a “distraction” to me which was affecting my other exams; especially Mathematics (so that I could get a job in a bank). That is why I salvaged a BA Hon degree and other Higher Education qualifications later on in life – it would have been ideal to have gained a scholarship when I left school. Campaign groups like “No More Faith School .org uk” are asking for public funding towards religious groups in order for them to evangelize to children who are disillusioned when they leave school having completed their time as Lower 6 or Upper 6 students.

And it seems according to reports that Faith schools are having a “negative impact on social cohesion, foster segregation of children on social, ethnic and religious lines, and undermine choice and equality” (No-more-faithschools.org). In other words, the report is saying if you attended a faith school it does not look good on your CV to the “outside world”. The anti report goes on to say that, “children living in England deserve the best – the law expects schools to demonstrate that they are encouraging pupils to take a respectful and tolerant stance towards those who hold values different from their own. Ofsted acts robustly and impartially to ensure all children in England receive a good education.”

Following on from ongoing claims of sexual exploitation within schools – leaders “have not ensured that safeguarding procedures have been sufficiently robust to keep pupils safe at all times,” inspectors found.  Also, school’s leaders have not ensured that all staff employed at the school has routinely undergone the necessary vetting checks, which compromises pupils’ welfare.“  (Secularism.org.uk 2019).

The charity Child Net insists that the importance of Faith Schools lies in it being able to opt-out of teaching subjects contrary to their religious beliefs, such as information on homosexuality and contraception. The compulsory parts of sex and relationship education from Year 7 (primary school) teach children about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health – including decisions around abortion.

Campaigners insist that pupils from faith schools fail to develop their own beliefs independently. I have no qualms with that. My argument is to support their pupils with after care, especially those who like religious studies, social ethics, theatre, and… Physical- Sciences or in my era it was called P.E. (physical education).

Today, senior leaders preclude the teaching of certain protected characteristics of students leaving school could be defined in the Equality Act. According to the Equality Act 2010, protected characteristics are aspects of a person’s identity that make them who they are. It’s worth noting, while this legislation doesn’t offer protection for revealing protected characteristic e.g. religious beliefs.  Moreover, it’s  unlawful to treat an employee or apprentice differently if they reveal they attended a Faith school – alas, it still happens.

A Statista Research Report for the USA

The trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing, with a total 429 civilians having been shot, 88 of whom were Black, as of June 4, 2020. In 2018, there were 996 fatal police shootings, and in 2019 this figure increased to 1,004. Additionally, the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans was much higher than that for any other ethnicity, standing at 30 fatal shootings per million of the population as of June 2020.

Police brutality in the U.S. since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, police brutality has become a hot button issue in the United States. The number of homicides committed by police in the United States is often compared to those in countries such as England, where the number is significantly lower.

Black Lives Matter is a movement formed in 2013, has been a vocal part of the movement against police brutality in the U.S. and will always respond to the killings of black men and women by police. On another note, Heart disease remains to be the highest cause of death amongst both Black and White people in the United States of America.

(Statistics published by Statista Research Department, Jun 5, 2020. Photo:DerbyTelegraph.co.uk)

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County Lines

by The Redbridge Police communications office

Healing Relations PR has received important information from communications office at Redbridge Police station.

What is county lines?  Children as young as 7 are being put in danger by criminals who are taking advantage of how innocent and inexperienced these young people are. Any child can be exploited, no matter their background. Criminal exploitation is also known as ‘county lines’ and is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone lines to supply drugs. The children’s commissioner estimates that there are at least 46,000 children in England are involved in gang activity. It is estimated that around 4,000 of those are in London.

How are children being exploited?  Criminal are deliberately targeting vulnerable children those who are homeless, experiencing learning difficulties, going through family breakdowns, struggling at school, living in care or trapped in poverty.

These criminals groom children into trafficking their drugs for them with the promises of money, friendship and status. Once they’ve been drawn in, these children are controlled using threats, violence and sexual abuse, leaving them traumatised and living in fear.

What are the signs?

: Returning home late

: Being found in areas away from home

: Being secretive about who they are talking to.

: Unexplained absences from school, college training or work.

: Unexplained money, clothes jewellery phones

: Increased disruptive aggressive behaviour

: Coming home with injuries or looking dishevelled

: Meeting with unfamiliar people or associating with a gang.

: Leaving home not telling anyone where they are going.

If you have any concerns about these issues or you know someone who is being exploited in this way, please contact the Metropolitan police on 999 if they are in Immediate threat, or 101 in non-emergency, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Press release -Tackling The Issue of Knife Crime Through the Community

For Immediate Release

June 2019

INAUGURAL SERIOUS ABOUT YOUTH! CONFERENCE LAUNCHES YOUTH SUMMIT AND KEY RESOURCE TO TACKLE YOUTH VIOLENCE

The inaugural Serious About Youth! (S.A.Y!) Conference will be taking place at City Gates Conference Centre, London.

It will bring together over 600 young people, community leaders, policy makers, MPs, teachers, parents, youth workers and knife crime organisations to discuss the national youth violence crisis, share best practice and discuss how we work together to find innovative, ongoing solutions to deal with the issues our communities face.

The aim of the conference is to collaborate with individuals and organisations to establish a comprehensive directory of contacts, programmes and resources that will enable communities to quickly identify and access support when needed. The resource will be distributed to schools and community spaces and it will be accessible online.

An exciting and innovative Youth Career and Advice Summit will also take place during the day. Young people will have the opportunity to meet potential employers and the summit will include insightful workshops, networking opportunities, mentoring programmes and a careers fair involving leading blue chip organisations.

Knife crime is at a critical level, particularly in the capital, and S.A.Y! recognises the fantastic work already taking place in this area up and down the country. We want to galvanise into action our young people, communities, decision makers, employers and all those affected by this widespread epidemic and ask them to join us in July to contribute to this pioneering work.

The S.A.Y! Conference will take place on Saturday 6th July 2019 from 8:30am-5:00pm at the City Gates Conference Centre in Ilford. The conference will see a number of leading speakers take to the stage including Rob Harris from Life Linxs, Richard Akerele from East London Connect, Sheldon Thomas from Gangsline, and Gavin McKenna from Reach Every Generation, with many more still to be announced.

Conference organisers Rob Harris and Gavin McKenna, said: “2019 has seen a large rise in youth violence across the country, particularly in London where knife crime has continued to rise with over 20 fatalities in the year to April. Our goal is simple. This is a national call to action to our communities, key decision makers and anyone directly affected by this violence to collaborate and work with us to come up with impactful strategies and solutions to this problem. This is an important space where we can come together to effect positive change.”

For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Tel: 020 3633 6682 | Email: grounded@citygates.london

Background on organisers:
Rob Harris:
Having worked with young people and their families for over 17 years, Rob came to a point in his career where he desired the freedom to have more of an impact in changing and influencing the lives of the people he was encountering daily.
This led him to start LifeLinxs Ltd. Rob is now directing his company in ways that will have a long-term impact for these same families, without the challenge of having to follow a prescribed process of local authority limitations. His vision is to change lives, one young person at a time and, in turn, see them doing the same for others.

Gavin McKenna:
Gavin McKenna, the pioneer behind Reach Every Generation. Gavin has journeyed from gang membership in London to born again Christian, using his past life experiences to set about influencing societal change. The truth of his life, combined with his development professionally, are what make Gavin a valuable asset to your organisation for educational training on gangs.
Armed with first-hand experience of gang culture, Gavin led an outreach team for a gang initiative in London, led by Sheldon Thomas, which took to the streets to engage with local gang members.

Understanding London’s knife crime epidemic

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(Press Release) “Tackling The Issue of Knife Crime Through the Community”

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Knife thugs stab different body parts for points Tally Up challenge

Police arrest 586 people in County lines crackdown

519 vulnerable adults and 364 children in need of support were helped 500 men and 86 women were arrested in raids in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cheshire, Bedfordshire and other areas.

County line drugs gangs – is linked by a network of mobile phone lines and often coercing children and vulnerable adults – travel out of their usual urban territory and into rural areas to sell drugs. Most come out of London, Birmingham and Merseyside, said NCA County Lines lead Nikki Holland. Tackling the gangs is a “national law enforcement priority”. Children as young as 12 are being put in danger by criminals who are taking advantage of how vulnerable these young people are.

Exclusive: Tackling knife crime with the Met Police https://news.sky.com/video/exclusive-tackling-knife-crime-with-the-met-police-10884781

HRH Prince Harry backs Youth Zones to tackle knife crime crisis:
https://news.sky.com/story/how-police-could-predict-fatal-knife-attacks-11694472

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Teenagers accounted for more than 1,000 admissions to hospital as a result of assaults with a knife or sharp object last year 2018, NHS figures show. Admissions for all injuries caused by an assault with knife or other sharp objects have gone up by almost a third since 2012-13, from 3,849 to 4,986 last year.

Doctors warned that high street sales of knives is helping to fuel the rise in stabbings, and called on retailers to do more to stem the tide of available weapons. Admissions involving youngsters aged between 10 and 19 increased nearly twice as fast, with 656 hospital admissions in 2012-13 up to 1,012 last year – a rise of around 55%. (England.nhs.uk 2019)

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Violent crime is on the rise, but who is working to keep us safe?

Policeforce

England and Wales have lost over 45,000 police officers and staff since 2010, a 19% drop in the workforce. Meanwhile, violent crime is on the rise and forces are struggling to respond to demand due to budget cuts, recent reports from the Office for National Statistics and police watchdog HMIC have found.

But what does that mean for your community?
UNISON is the biggest union for police staff. They have investigated the drop within each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

The police workforce is made up of policing officers and police staff who work in teams to keep communities safe. Police staff make up 40% of the total police workforce and carry out both operational and supporting roles.  Police staff include police community support officers (PCSOs), and designated officers (like crime scene examiners, investigators, escort and custody officers) who have police powers.

All these categories of police staff, as well as police officers, have suffered big cuts in numbers since 2010.

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