Serious Youth Violence

According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 142 young people aged 16-24 who were killed in the year ending March 2020 – an increase of 32% on the previous year. Behind every statistic is a young person with promise and potential - and the loved ones around them. At St Giles, we are committed to halting the cycle of violence through prevention and intervention. Last year, we reached 95,000 people through our sessions aimed at raising awareness of and preventing serious violence and criminal exploitation.

How St Giles Helps

We work with young people in schools and other similar settings to raise awareness of issues around weapons crime and its consequences. We use trained professionals with first hand experiences of these issues to provide this work.  Having been there themselves means they can speak with authenticity and authority. We also provide direct one-to-one support for children and young people who are directly affected by serious violence through integrated work with local authorities and direct interventions in hospitals and police custody suites.

How You Can Help

If we act now, we can prevent future young victims. Your support can help us in a number of vital ways to continue this work, including intensive mentoring for a young person at risk or through supporting some of our awareness-raising sessions with young people, parents and professionals.



could provide preventative educational sessions to young people at risk of serious youth violence. 



could provide one night emergency accommodation to keep a child safe. 

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could provide one day of lifesaving 1:1 mentoring and whole family support to a young person at risk of gang involvement.


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