The West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner stated that one of the biggest contributors to knife crime is high rates of exclusions and off-rolling, particularly of boys aged 12-15. A Police keynote speaker stated that enterprise education may be a solution to crime as we need to refocus the mind set of enterprising young people away from crime and create more positive options for them. This project tackles these issues.
The project will work with those currently ‘at risk’ of or involved in crime in North Birmingham who have been excluded from school. Nearly 60% of these have been involved in knife crime, drugs and issues to do with aggressive behaviour. A number will be known to police and YOT teams. Our project will include parents/carers in behaviour change. It will provide participants with emotional resilience, confidence and enterprising mind-sets to make alternative choices to crime whilst raising aspirations.