The Ben Kinsella Trust and the National Justice Museum have worked in partnership to open a new anti-knife crime Choices and Consequencesexhibition centre and workshops serving Nottingham, and the wider Midlands region.
Choices and Consequence, Nottinghamwill adopt the ground-breaking early intervention approach to combating knife crime pioneered by the Ben Kinsella Trust in Islington, London.
“No family should ever lose a child to knife crime, and by working with families and organisations in Nottinghamshire, we have taken this important step to stopping this happening by opening Choices and Consequences Nottingham– the first centre of its kind outside London,” said Pat Green, Chief Executive of the Ben Kinsella Trust.
Victoria Reeves, Chief Executive of the National Justice Museumsaid: “As the number of knife crime incidents continues to rise locally, as well as nationally, Choices and Consequencesoffers a proven approach to helping young people reject knives and is a long -term solution to eliminating this blight within our communities.”The exhibition and workshops will also add a new dimension to the excellent work already being done by a range of agencies tackling knife crime in this county.”
Through Choices and Consequences, Nottinghamchildren and young people aged 9 – 14 years explore the emotional true story of 16-year-old victim Ben Kinsella. They find out about his life and the promising future that was tragically taken from him after he was stabbed in the street during an innocent night out with friends in 2008.
Actors in the exhibition offer insight into the perspectives of those in prison convicted of knife crime, and of the police and medical teams dealing with the aftermath. The Kinsella family tell of their experiences in video interviews running on screens around the exhibition area.
A special section of the exhibition is also dedicated to the experiences of Nottingham victims and their families.
Choices and Consequences, Nottinghamis not about targeting groups of young people, such as young offenders, gang members, the vulnerable and disaffected. It takes the view any young person can choose to carry a knife, and if you make children and young people aware of the consequences of that choice in their formative years, they will reject carrying knives in the future, even in the face of peer pressure.
Choices and Consequences, Nottinghamis supported and funded by the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham Bid, Nottinghamshire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the National Justice Museum Help a Child Fund, and Sopra Steria.
The exhibition and workshops will be open to schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire initially, then the wider Midlands region.