Knife Free FE

The Lancashire Colleges (TLC) has secured funding from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioners Knife Crime Fund (part of the Home Office Serious Violence Fund) to deliver the ‘Knife Free FE’ Project.

Through the project TLC will work with member colleges to deliver knife crime preventative education sessions to at least 800 vulnerable young people (aged 16-19) across Lancashire, which will address the known underlying causes and drivers of knife crime.

TLC has commissioned Aftathought to design and develop a resource to use in the sessions, who will also be working with a specialist focus group made up of college safeguard leads, to ensure we develop something with maximum impact. The purpose of the resource is to educate and prevent young people from feeling the need to carry knives. We aim to challenge the myths and misconceptions held by students, therefore driving changes in the attitude and negative behaviours to knife carrying and knife crime.

The resource will be piloted at a session which is due to take place in December, with additional sessions then running throughout the colleges in January 2021. Following this, TLC will be working with Afterthought to carry out an evaluation of the project outputs and impacts, assessing the ‘distance travelled’ by the students and lessons learnt from the project. Details of the evaluation findings will be shared on our website following completion of the project.