‘Last week seven people were stabbed and one person died in South London’, said Nick de Bois, MP for Enfield North. He was one of the speakers at a Knife Crime Awareness event in Edmonton Green, organised in partnership by the Rumi Mosque and Dialogue Centre and Edmonton Methodist Church, with help from a team of four Dialogue Studies MA students currently on a work placement at the Dialogue Society. They facilitated a platform for parents and youngsters to gain knowledge and advice on how to help prevent knife crime. The event addressed the following questions:
- How does knife crime affect life in our streets?
- What can parents do to protect their children?
- How can young people prevent it?
The very well-attended event sent a clear message to the audience, and particularly to the diverse young people who attended the event. They have to become the ambassadors about this topic in their own circle of friends. Invite them to other Knife Crime events. Talk to them and inspire them to join the club of ‘no carrying knives’. Of course, not to forget that parents have also a great responsibility to focus on their role as educators and as role models for their children. The community needs more people like campaigner Hazel Nelson Williams, who spoke at the event, to actively raise awareness about knife crime.