Youth violent crime is on the rise. That is exactly why we must champion young people, not vilify them

April 11, 2019

On 27 March, 25-year-old Ramane Richard Wiggan was shot dead in West Norwood, around the corner from BIGKID Foundation’s offices. Sadly, this was the 12th person under the age of 25 to be murdered in London in 2019; since, two more have been killed. 

 

Youth violent crime is undeniably on the rise. In 2018, 51 people under the age of 25 were murdered in the capital. 11 people are injured in knife attacks every single day, and 60% of those caught with a knife are under the age of 25. In Lambeth, where BIGKID works, youth offending rates exceed London and England averages. Serious Youth Violence has increased by 35% in Lambeth over the past two years. 

 

However, this rise in youth violent crime has, thankfully, been met with responses from those hi