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Knife crime training for youth workers launched

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008

Anti-knife crime organisation Be Safe is offering free training places to youth professionals as part of a government initiative to drive down weapon-related crime.

In February, the government announced in its Violent Crime Action Plan that the organisation would be given the resources to help educate more than a million young people about the dangers of knives and weapons over the next five years.

As part of the initiative, Be Safe will run a series of Training the Trainer workshops aimed at professionals who work with young people. The three-day courses start next month and will run in Chelmsford, Essex.

Kevin Everard, director of Be Safe, said: "The courses are open to anyone who works with young people. This includes teachers, youth workers and youth offending teams, as well as community wardens and police officers."

It is hoped that everyone who attends the courses will then run workshops with 1,000 young people in their area.

Twenty-seven young people in London alone died in gun and knife crime attacks last year.

For further details, visit Be Safe or call 01245 456747 .

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