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A submission to the Home Affairs Committee's Knife Crime inquiry: messages from children and young people about knife crime

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Great Britain. Office of the Children's Commissioner

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Microsoft Word - Submission_GK_HomeAffairs_KnifeCrime_PB_Oct2008_FINAL A submission to the Home Affairs Committee’s Knife Crime inquiry Messages from children and young people about knife crime From 11 MILLION, led by the Children’s Commissioner for England October 2008 Table of Contents 1) Who are we? p. 4 2) Introduction p. 5 3) What children and young people have told us about the carrying of knives 4) Case studies p. 6 p.13 11 MILLION Page 3 of 17 Home Affairs Committee’s Knife Crime Inquiry October 2008 www.11MILLION.org.uk 1 Who are we? How were we established? 11 MILLION is a national organisation led by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green. The Children’s Commissioner is a position created by the Children Act 2004. What do we do? We have a statutory role to promote the views and interests of children and young people across England. This gives us a unique role in bringing children’s ideas into the centre of the political process Meeting the challenges of the Children Act 2004 The Children Act requires the Children’s Commissioner to be concerned with the five aspects of well-being covered in Every Child Matters – the national government initiative aimed at improving outcomes for all children. It also requires us to have regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC underpins our work and informs which areas and issues on which we focus our efforts. Our long-term goals Children and young people see significant improvements in their wellbeing and can freely enjoy their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC

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