What is Let’s Talk Knife Crime about

It’s about young people in south London, particularly from Peckham and Camberwell areas …


June 2020

The new series of discussion forums started on 15th January at Blue Elephant Theatre. They ran fortnightly through to mid March.

The project headlines are:

1  Themes that emerged strongly were racism and the death penalty.

2  The collaboration with the police is no longer working satisfactorily and we hope to reenergise the partnership. Meetings have not happened as planned.

In November 2019 the headlines were:

1:  CTVT has announced support for young people to educate their parents via YouTube

2: “Police are not the right agency to tackle knife crime”, says Panel member and academic, Malte Laub

3:  LET’S TALK facilitates a private meeting for bereaved parents to speak with the Prime Minister

4:  In terms of building bridges between Education and Community, schools are both central to and in the way of progress, depending on how they balance life between curriculum delivery and pastoral care.

About ‘Lets Talk Knife Crime’

Story 1 Educate the Parents

A number of students voiced concerns that their parents generation did not understand what was going on for young people today. Community TV Trust has stepped in and pledged to support a team of young people who will lead on content generation for this work. A dedicated LET’S TALK website will also carry this channel as well as link to social media platforms requested by the young editors.

Story 2 It’s not the Police

One Panel member is preparing a PhD and studying policing in Southwark. He attended all the Forums and having combed through the transcripts put together an argument that says the Police are not the right agency to tackle knife crime. This sounds inflammatory but being well argued is more accurately challenging to the rest of us. Are we ready for the consequences of this idea?

Story 3 Meeting the Prime Minister

In the autumn of 2018 a former pupil of Harris Academy Peckham [HAP] was killed when trying to intervene in a fight he bumped into. He lost his life. This tragedy coincided with Year 9 students at HAP creating a musical on a fictional knife crime story. Their music teacher sat on the LET’S TALK Panel and met up with the Ministry of Justice senior civil servant also on the Panel. When she was contacted by the Prime Minister’s office with a request to locate a bereaved family with whom the PM might meet and talk about knife crime and related issues, the two Panel members hooked up and arranged at short notice for the parents to meet privately with Theresa May.

This extraordinary story shows what can happen when a community meets up and relationships are struck up between similarly minded active citizens.

Story 4 Education and Community

In real terms, schools protect our young people as well as educate them. Schools also stand between pupils and organisations outside in the community, in the name of both protection and good grades.

In due course we will publish a detailed story illustrating the point but for now we are still hoping to retrieve what had seemed a strong and fruitful new relationship.


The range of films coming through LET’S TALK includes strong interviews with young people and Panel members who took part in the 2019 Forums; there is also a musical from Harris Academy Peckham & a dance drama from local and well established dance company, Movement Factory. In addition LET’S TALK has access to the archive of Community TV Trust which in 2005 produced a large educational DVD project on knife crime in Southwark yielding films shot in prisons, at A+E in King’s College Hospital on Denmark Hill, with police officers, ex-offenders, with agencies working to discourage young people from carrying weapons, and so on.

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