Written at the foot of this today, the knife angel is currently being displayed next to MIMA in Middlesbrough. Knife angel. Hands pained, Open. Eyes vacant, Tearful. Shoulder broad, Holding. Wings rusted, Shielding. Heart hidden, Hurting. Head bowed, Grieving. Fingers encouraging, Hoping. Wrists poised, Arrested. Knife angel, Standing. Knife angel, Hoping. Knife angel, Lifing. Knife angel, Feeling. Knife angel, Redeeming. Continue reading Knife Angel
This week, on Monday Theresa May held a conference in downing street with a number of organisations on the back of a rising panic about knife crime in London, but not just London. What this conversation didnt seem to do was start to address the deep seated issues of poverty, cuts and reductions in youth services that have created an environment where these issues have … Continue reading Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?
Moral Panics about young people are not new. Anxiety makes news, and sells newspapers. Regarding knife crime in London, it feels like we are in the middle of another one. Neither is the process that these moral panics become policy affecting and begin the process of some kind of institutional and funding change. A cursory look at the 150 year history of Youth work in … Continue reading Why the knife crime concern shouldn’t lead to increased but ‘anxiety motivated’ youth provision- young people deserve better