Episode 3: Croydon – Beyond the blade podcast | Society

Disclaimer: This podcast contains conversations about violent crime which some listeners may find disturbing. Parental guidance for children is strongly advised.

Since 2017 we have been investigating the impact of knife crime on Britain’s young people and exposing the myths that surround it in our Beyond the blade project. In this new series of podcasts, people from around the country have allowed us to listen to, and record, conversations they’re having within their communities about knife crime.

In the final episode of this series, we travel to Croydon in south London to meet Tracey Ford, who set up Jags Foundation in memory of her teenage son. We also hear from local community youth workers Darnell and Ben, who detail the fractures that many young people experience and the role education might be playing.

Joining them is Troy who speaks about how quickly things can escalate for a young person on the street. And finally, Fenella, who also works at Jags and thinks a “closed door policy” might be having a negative effect on young people in her community.

Rather than report on their conversations, we let them speak for themselves.

  • If you’ve been affected by any of the issues discussed, Victim Support provides 24/7 independent practical and emotional support for victims of all crimes in the UK whether or not reported to the police. Knifecrimes.org provides UK online support to those affected by knife crime. And The Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123
  • Find out more about Jags Foundation
  • Find out more about Beyond the blade

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