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Gov UK

Crime and justice page for young people

Advice to parents and carers on gangs

Comprehensive website covering all aspects of young people involved in the crime and justice system including gun and knife crime.

Victim Support – Are You OK?

Victim Supportline: 0808 16 89 111

victimsupport.org.uk

are-you-ok.org.uk

Help for witnesses

How crime can affect you

Victim Support is the independent national charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. They provide free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime as well as helping witnesses cope in going to court. Our trained volunteers offer someone to talk to in confidence, information on police and court procedures, help in dealing with other organisations, information about compensation and insurance as well as links to other sources of help.

KnifeCrimes.org

knifecrimes.org

Home Office-approved site offering information, advice, support and safety resources.

DroptheWeapons.org

stoptheguns.org

Know when to say no. Picking up a gun or a knife always makes a situation worse, never better. This is a website from the Metropolitan Police where we aim to show you how real people can turn away from violent crime. If you've got ideas on how to help people to drop the weapons, then we would like to hear from you. You'll also find links to support networks and other organisations that can help.

CRIMESTOPPERS

crimestoppers-uk.org

If you information about a crime call anonymously on 0800 555 111 or fill in an online form.

Catch 22

General Enquiries: 020 7336 4800

catch-22.org.uk

Catch22 is a local charity with a national reach. We work with young people and others who find themselves in seemingly impossible situations. We believe that nothing is impossible and help young people to find a way out of difficult situations and a way up. Our services help them develop the confidence and skills to find solutions that are right for them, whether it’s getting back into school or training, choosing to stay out of trouble, finding a safe place to live or helping them to live independently after leaving care or custody. Every young person deserves the chance to get on in life. No matter what.

The Ben Kinsella Trust

benkinsella.org.uk

The Trust exists to promote knife-crime awareness. Many people believe that knife crime is not their problem and will never affect them, but sadly this is being proven wrong more and more and we want to ensure that everyone knows the threat this problem poses to our lives. Aims to educate children of all ages of the consequences of knife crime and what it can do to a family, by ensuring children as young as primary school age know the difference between right and wrong and will never consider picking up a weapon. Be it through peer pressure, fear or simply believing it is cool, we aim to send the message to kids today that carrying a knife is not acceptable. Above all, Ben’s family urge anyone who carries a knife or weapon to lay it down and think about the pain and suffering they may cause.

The Peace Alliance

peacealliance.org.uk

The Peace Alliance works nationally with key statutory agencies such as the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police advising on key policy issues. It has now been recognised as a successful model for partnership working and is currently working across London and the United Kingdom with several other key organisations.

The Peace Alliance is well known for its work in gun and other violent crimes, youth crime, working with victims and families of victims of crime as well as young people to reduce crime in communities.

Why Me?Tel: 020 3096 7708www.why-me.org

Why me? promotes the right of every victim of crime to have the chance to sit down and talk to the person who caused them harm. Crime victims want to ask the offender direct questions — starting with "Why me?" Restorative Justice can provide answers and give peace of mind, whatever the severity of the crime.

Ministry of Justice

http://www.justice.gov.uk/youth-justice/working-with-victims/restorative-justice

Restorative justice is the process of bringing together those harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm, to find a positive way forward.

Restorative Justice Council

www.restorativejustice.org.uk

The RJC is the independent third sector membership body for the field of restorative practice. Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

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