our mentoring programmes makes prevention effective and visible by targetting children and young people and those around them as well as well as policy makers and practioners working in prevention locally. Our aim is to identify, undertake, support and disseminate the best promising practive in prevention. The project work reflects this and and our focus upon other voluntary mentors.
KNIFE CRIME AND GANGS: Knife crime up 14% since knife crime in the West Midlands has also risen in recent years from a low in 2012. In 2012 there were 1,566 knife crime incidents. By 2016 that number had risen to 2,296.
The Home office 2017 statesReducing violence, including knife and gun crime, and protecting vulnerable individuals from violence and exploitation by gangs is a priority for the government. We are working with the police, retailers and voluntary sector groups to tackle knife crime and are working with the National Crime Agency to address the changing nature of gangs.
Data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday revealed 4.8 million offences were recorded by police in 2016 compared with 4.4 million in 2015.
The 9 per cent jump included 1.3 million incidents of violent crime, which marked a 4 per cent rise and represents the first increase since 2011.
Most noticeable however is the leap from 28,427 knife offences to 32,448.
Mr Wilson, a criminology professor at Birmingham City University, who is also a former prison governor and an author, added: "Without a doubt, we are seeing a lot more young people using knives in the context of gangs and organised crime."
Children abusing parents becoming a 'worrying' trend:
Children and teenagers abusing their parents is a growing concern, charities and experts have told Newsbeat.
The group Family Lives says nearly a third of over 80,000 recent calls to its helpline involved children being physically aggressive.
A Home Office minister says it is "a serious and often hidden issue".
One academic has called it "a hidden form of violence against women", after finding that 9 out of 10 recorded victims were mothers
The stereotypical notion of domestic violence has usually meant some form of abuse from one spouse to another, or from adult or child, but police and social workers are reporting a growing trend of children assaulting their parents.
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