In the UK, the average life expectancy is 81. We recently asked a group of young people that we work with what they thought their life expectancy was, and they unanimously replied 21. The young people we work with fear that their lives will be cut short by knife crime or a prison sentence. Though this might sound shocking, we are confronted daily with news on the youth violence epidemic - open up the paper on any given day and you will read a story about another murder, a young person stabbed or shot in cold blood by their peers. Now, we need to focus on what action we can take to solve it.
In the wake of rising crime rates, politicians in Westminster have loudly condemned the current state of affairs and promised to find a solution. The Head of the Ambulance Service has even described the youth violence epidemic as a public health issue. This has led London Mayor Sadiq Khan to open up a number of grant schemes to charities and community organisations working at a grassroots level to continue working to solve this issue.
On 12 December, a roundtable discussion was hosted by The Prince’s Trust, HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duke of Sussex at Clarence House. Guests, including rapper Tinie Tempah, actor Tom Hardy and England manager Gareth Southgate - as well as our very own CEO, Shaninga Marasha - discussed what can be done to tackle youth violent crime. This forum, which brought together voices fr