Faced with cutbacks to youth services and limited opportunities, risk-taking behaviour can, for some, become highly alluring.
Stop and search and other police tactics cannot address the complicated social problems that are linked to knife crime.
The relationship between street slang used by young people and secret codes deployed by gang members is not always straightforward.
Gentrification happens when attempts to build bridges between disenfranchised people and their better-off peers go awry – but it doesn't have to be this way.
In Scotland, researchers have been at the heart of police reforms – all very different to south of the border.
The boxing gym can be a place for young people to escape street life – but it's also the home of a violent sport.
View from an expert in criminal justice – who also lives in one of the UK's most deprived areas.
Vulnerable young people have been failed by austerity policies that have decimated the services meant to protect them.
In the UK, it's possible to join the army as a soldier at the age of 16, with parental permission. Is it right?
A round up of evidence-based views on the knife crime epidemic – including what action is really needed to prevent more young lives being lost.
Knife crime incidents are individual tragedies, but rising homicide rates reveal a changing society which is ill at ease.
Previous policies aimed at ending gangs and youth violence have failed. The government should avoid the same mistakes.
Nations like Scotland and New Zealand have pioneered community-centred strategies to tackle knife crime – it's time for the rest of the UK to follow suit.
Somali community leaders should help to foster links with their traditional culture.
Knife crime is a symptom of the toxic environments that adults create around children.
London is struggling to manage a violent crime epidemic, yet the Manchester attack attracted global attention.
When people don't trust the government, the media or police, they are less inclined to play by the rules and more likely to lash out violently.
Former young offenders can be uniquely well-equipped to support teenagers at risk of getting caught up in crime.
Distrust in the police is a surprisingly central factor when people arm themselves illegally.
The policing of black British culture has a long history.