KCSIE 2021 – (CCE)
‘Children can become trapped by this type of exploitation as perpetrators can threaten victims (and their families) with violence, or entrap and coerce them into debt. They may be coerced into carrying weapons such as knives or begin to carry a knife for a sense of protection from harm from others. As children involved in criminal exploitation often commit crimes themselves, their vulnerability as victims is not always recognised by adults and professionals, (particularly older children), and they are not treated as victims despite the harm they have experienced’.
Kirklees Headteachers share the concerns of parents and carers in relation to the risk faced by both young people who choose to carry knives and those around them. Head Teachers in every school in Kirklees are united in working towards educating young people of the dangers and consequences of knife crime.
In collaboration with Kirklees Heads, West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees Youth Offending Service, Ethos Academy Trust coordinates the ‘No Knives Better Lives’ initiative in Kirklees to support schools in remaining safe places for young people. This project is available to all schools as an alternative to permanent exclusion.
Please note the DFE changed the exclusions code in August 2020 to capture weapon related incidents. These are now recorded as OW – Use or threat of use of an offensive weapon or prohibited item. In 2020/21 OW accounted for 18.87% of all permanent exclusion notifications (mainstream secondary schools).
Objectives & Cost to Schools+
The primary objective of the project is to offer support and ‘education’ to the young person. The cost of the provision will depend on the duration the student spends educated off-site. The commissioning school will be invoiced directly by the supply agency. ETHOS Academy Trust support schools with the commissioning of appropriately trained staff
APPG - Knife crime back to school exclusions report+
School exclusions have been increasing at an alarming rate. Huge proportions of excluded children have special educational needs and other, often unaddressed, vulnerabilities. The APPG on Knife Crime is a group of over 50 MPs and Peers, set up in response to the alarming rise in knife crime across the country
A summary of findings from meetings and independent research, alongside a number of recommendations.