Swap a Knife for a Life Campaign

Tuesday 05 March 2019

 “Justice – Acting with fairness towards others by honouring rights and responsibilities.” Ark Boulton Virtue


Ark Boulton Academy have been working with Street Doctors and Envision as part of our third community apprentice project. The students from our ‘Swap a Knife for a Life’ campaign chose Street Doctors based on the vision the charity encompasses – changing the lives of high risk young people by giving them the skills they need to deliver life-saving first aid.

“We use first aid as a tool to educate and empower young people, giving them confidence and a sense of responsibility for their actions, helping to change their attitude towards violence.” (Street Doctors).

The main objective is to give young people the confidence they need to remain calm when faced with an emergency and first aid incident. If people understand the long lasting damage knife crime and violence can cause, it may well act as a deterrent, thus helping them to increase their confidence and aspirations and change their attitude to violence.

In light of the recent events in our community, Ark Boulton students produced a video campaign to raise awareness around knife crime and in memory for those who have lost their lives to this violence.



The facts

  • In the UK, there were fatal stabbings of 272 people and more than 1,800 reported attacks from January to November 2018. Those killed range in age from four year old children to pensioners in their 80s.​
  • Most of the crimes are related to the drug trade and people being addicted to drugs.​
  • Communities must pull together. By reporting illegal weapons, you can perhaps save the life of someone on the street.
  • The main type of offence for which young people are convicted is violence against another person, with 20,163 offences in 2016-2017 (28% of the total). Ministry of Justice.
  • In 2017, there were 33 knife-related deaths of young people. The Guardian: Beyond the Blade.
  • In 2016-2017, 15.5% of those admitted to hospital in England for assault by a sharp object were 18 or younger. NHS England.


99% of 10-29 year olds do not carry a knife.


What can we do?

  • If you see someone carrying a knife on the way home, tell West Midlands Police by calling 999.
  • If you are at school - find a member of staff straight away by walking straight to the member of staff and do not speak to anyone else. ​
  • ‘Stop and Search’ is used by the police to deter young people from carrying knives.
  • Parents should ask where young people are going and ask them what they are taking with them when they go out. ​
  • The West Midlands Police advice about carrying knives is: Don’t carry weapons.  


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