The Ben Kinsella Trust is tackling knife crime through education and campaigning

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Who we are

We are one of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, set up following the tragic murder of Ben Kinsella in 2008. Our vision is of a society where no family or community suffers the loss of a life to knife crime.

What we do

We are a young person's charity and we believe in prevention through education. We adopt a universal and early intervention approach aimed at preventing young people from making the wrong choices and helping them to stay safe.

How we help

We work with over 4000 young people a year in our purpose built exhibitions, and help thousands more with our free, online resources. We work collaboratively with other organisations and our national campaigns and our exhibitions alike have won numerous awards.

Our award winning exhibition

Our Choices and Consequences exhibition educates young people in the dangers of knife crime and helps them to make positive choices to stay safe. The award-winning exhibition follows the journey of both the victim and the offender through a series of unique and immersive experiences to show young people how choices and consequences are intrinsically linked.

Resources

Resources for young people

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Resources for teachers and practioners

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Your donation will help us to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime and help us to achieve our vision: that no family or community should suffer the loss of a life to knife crime

Knife crime statistics

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percent increase in knife crime in England and Wales on the previous 12 months. Knife crime is now at its highest ever recorded level. [Office for National Statistics (2019): Offences involving the use of weapons]

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people were sentenced for carrying a knife in England and Wales, in the year ending September 2019. This figure is the highest ever recorded and has been increasing annually since 2013. [Ministry of Justice (2020): Knife and offensive weapon sentencing statistics]

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young people aged 10 to 17 were sentenced for carrying a knife or offensive weapon in England and Wales in the year ending September 2019. This figure is the highest ever recorded and rose by 1.5% on the previous 12 months. [Ministry of Justice (2020): Knife and offensive weapon sentencing statistics]

Ben's Story

Ben Kinsella was just 16 years old when he was stabbed to death in a horrific act of senseless violence on the 29th June 2008 in Islington, London

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