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 autumn 2018 a former pupil of Harris Academy Peckham [HAP] was killed while trying to intervene in a fight. This tragedy inspired current Year 9 students at HAP to create a musical. 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 the Prime Minister wanted to locate a bereaved family to meet and talk with about knife crime, the two Panel members hooked up and arranged for the parents to meet Theresa May. The meeting happened and inspired the Prime Minister to invest in two additional workers.
This shows what can happen when community comes together.
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.
FILMS & SCREENINGS
LET’S TALK films include interviews with young people and Panel members from the 2019 Forums. These include a musical from Harris Academy Peckham & a dance drama from local 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. Much of Community TV Trust’s film work is held at Southwark’s Local History Library.