Youthact! Project in
Hammersmith and Fulham

Henry Compton School

Young campaigners at Henry Compton School are campaigning to raise awareness about knife crime. Just a few months ago students and staff at Henry Compton School were rocked by the death of a student at the school to knife crime. They have decided to take action and campaign to reduce knife crime.

Project started: May 2007
Project ended: May 2008

Following the tragic stabbing of a fellow student at Henry Compton School, Youth Act campaigners have decided to campaign to raise awareness and reduce knife crime in the school and local area.

The group feel that there is a lack of awareness amongst young people about the impact of carrying a knife. The group are particularly concerned about the rise in numbers of young people carrying knives for self defence.

At the Youth Act residential in May, the group wrote and performed a short play exploring some of the issues around knife crime. The play tells the story of a boy who buys a knife out of self-defence, without any intention to kill yet soon finds himself in a terrifying situation.

The group plan to work with the school's drama departmnet to develop the play, a DVD and presentations to be taken to local schools as part of their campaign.

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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