Knife crime needs to be tackled “early on” says Education Secretary on visit to Enfield.

The Enfield Gazette reports that the Education Secretary Justine Greening said schools needed to tackle knife crime “early on” by delivering “the right advice at the right time”

Ms Greening echoed the Home Secretary’s concern to educate primary school children about the dangers or knife crime and gangs.

She said there needs to be a “range of interventions” delivered in schools so that young people are aware of when to “flag up concerns. We have to start early to give the children the confidence to say ‘I don’t think that’s right. I don’t want to do it.’

She also highlighted the responsibility head teachers have in encouraging speakers and “role models” to visit schools to share their personal accounts of the horrors of knife crime.

“I think for London head teachers in particular it’s important to make sure they invite speakers to help keep young people safe and make sure the prevailing wisdom among children in bringing a knife to school is not just stupid and wrong, but it could cost them their life.”

Nick de Bois, the Tory’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Enfield North seat also discussed his concerns with Ms Greening.

But he said knife prevention talks in schools were effective because they had a “lasting effect” on young people. He said however that some schools in the borough had been “reluctant” to hold talks and that “part of the challenge” was to promote leadership in the community to encourage more to get involved.

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