Home Office - It Doesn't Have to Happen

Teenage knife crime is a high-profile problem with many serious costs to society, both emotional and financial.

Home Office – It Doesn't Have to Happen

Principal Author: Emily James – RKCR/Y&R

Contributing Authors: Rebecca Fleming – RKCR/Y&R; Kathryn Hughes – Manning Gottlieb OMD; Emma Roberts – Home Office; Megan Thompson



This is the story of how a pioneering anti-knife campaign gained credibility with young people, raising awareness of the consequences of possession and building their confidence that thousands of others reject carrying. Since the campaign launched there have been 1515 fewer recorded knife related offences amongst under nineteens. The reduced cost of knife culture to society has been calculated at a saving of £31.7m...

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