As I explained in one of my comments on this week's BNC competition, I said that I think young children join gangs because they are in search of love, attention and support. Furthermore, knife crime mostly happens in poor town and gangs arenormally the ones there who are commiting knife/violent crime. Some people explain or describe gangs as families: as they are a group of people supportin the act of crime. Many people also describe the army or sports as a family. I believe if kids (from age 4-18) should be aloud to play in sports clubs for free; as younger kids aren't aloud in the army. I think think this because most kids join gangs for the reason I have already explained, futhermore, I believe that a sport club is like a family because you make friends in sport and you will enjoy the fun you can have. In addition, instead of wasting your life- in my opinion- on commiting crimes just to gain love and support, you can instead play sports and make a better, happier family there.

TAKEAWAY TASK: Better Support for the poorest people in the society

  • What The Solution Is:

I think this relates to my opinion on how knife crime can stop because of there is more support because it can help them prevent themselves from joining a gang and not get involved with knife crime and violence. I think society can do this if charities/political parties in a town should get more less-fortunate people involved in things. In addition, I think that more adverts should persuade people to give more donations to charities to help them.

  • Which Reason For Increased Knife Crime It Adressess The Most:

I think it mostly addresses the feeling that kids that join gangs get the feeling of happiness,support and love; although negative as it is fake if you recieve it from a gang. Furthermore, kids from poorer families come from poor areas and usually from broken families: this is why they join gangs. As I said before, the main source of knife crime is gangs, and I also think kids that are in need of love -as a family would- those kids would be easy targets to recruite in the gang. Like my solution, my target is that poor kids can freely join a sports club- it give the positive, real love, support, friends, sportsmanship. It will also prevent many because they would have a real,better family in sports. In addition, it will make them focus more, make them have the drive to do better in school,give them better mental and physical health and give them more discipline; something that the gang will never provide for youths living in poor areas.

  • Any Examples Where This Has Been Tried:

I haven’t found any examples where my theory has been tried/attempted to let sport clubs be free for children, but I do know how much impact it will have on people and how much impact sport does have on people. Poor people rarely will be able to afford this,so if we give them a chance in sport and let them have fun and make friends, kids might even be able to persue a career in sports.

What The Benefits And Risks Are/ Summary:


I think the benefits of my theory are the points I have given today of how the kids would feel: they would be part of a safe family and they would be able to engage with other children and make new friends and have fun with them.


I think the risks of my theory is that the government will have to employ loads of coaches for the schools and clubs in the UK,in school times and not, which they might have trouble with. This is not really a risk, but I think it would cost a lot of money for them; which can negatively effect the entire community.

Comments (20)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
    07 Feb 2019

    This post has been given a star for using reasoning to be solution focused. Your idea of building more free sport programmes for young people is a really interesting one. It's great you've thought about the risks as well.

    You have made a few assumptions in your post which I'd like you to re-think:

    For example, you wrote: "kids from poorer families come from poor areas and usually from broken families". I'd challenge this assumption and say we shouldn't assume that because someone is poor they are from a broken family.

    You also might be interested in this initiative about using sport to prevent crime

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg happy_sparrow | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    11 Feb 2019

    WOW steadfast_moon! You have really impressed me with your reasoning skills, but, their are other ways to reduce dreadful knife crime like: helping young children to grow up in a safe happy environment, more education in schools about how committing knife crime can ruin someones life for your own sake and many more. Why have you chosen to think about letting young children have more opportunity in sport? This fascinates me and out of all where do you get this information;or do you just know?

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      happy_sparrow's comment 11 Feb 2019

      Excellent cross-club discussion, I am keen to read the response!

    2. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg steadfast_moon | New Horizons Children's Academy
      happy_sparrow's comment 13 Feb 2019

      I wrote my example because I think it was a unique opinion to have, whereas everyone else’s opinion is mostly based on fact, I used fact and opinion to construct an answer that I think is a good idea to reduce knife/violent crime.

      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
        steadfast_moon's comment 14 Feb 2019

        Thanks for explaining!

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg splendid_raccoon | John Ray Junior School
    12 Feb 2019

    Parents should take more care of their children and make them happy to stop them joining gangs 😞

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      splendid_raccoon's comment 12 Feb 2019

      Have you made an assumption here? Lots of children who might be tempted to join a gang have parents who care very muhc for them.

    2. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
      splendid_raccoon's comment 12 Feb 2019

      But what if they don’t have parents? Or have run away from home. Just something to keep in mind.

      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg great_duck | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
        loving_quince's comment 13 Feb 2019

        I agree. How would being an orphan affect their upbringing and relationship with gangs?

        1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
          great_duck's comment 13 Feb 2019

          I reckon that they would probably have a greater chance of joining a gang. These aren't necessarily orphans, but they are the statistics:
          750,000 gang members in 2000 and 2007 and
          One Million gang members in 2009

      2. Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_guitar | Cowes Enterprise College A | United Kingdom
        loving_quince's comment 13 Feb 2019

        Even though they may have no parents, they may still have support and if not, nowadays it is easy to find someone to talk to.

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg dazzling_fossil | John Ray Junior School
    12 Feb 2019

    You are right children shouldn't be allowed to join gangs because children are to young😧

  • St-Barnabas-logo-250x250.jpg charming_moon | St Barnabas C of E Primary School
    14 Feb 2019

    it is a good thing to arrest kids

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg great_duck | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    16 Feb 2019

    They have to go to juvie. No matter how young you are, carrying a weapon is still a crime.

  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    19 Feb 2019

    steadfast_moon, this was a great post! However, I have some things to say...

    'gangs are normally the ones there who are committing knife/violent crime.' I disagree with this point because, BBC news said this: 'Knife crime is on the rise across the UK, particularly in London, and police say most of those caught carrying blades have no links to gangs.' I believe these people because they are VERY well known.
    Link to BBC News:
    'knife crime mostly happens in poor town ' I also disagree with this point because London isn't a poor town and a lot of violent crime happens there. However, if you mean poor 'society's' then I agree.
    This website tells you how much crime has been going on in different areas:
    But overall, it's a good post. : )

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      balanced_singer's comment 19 Feb 2019

      Well done for researching and showing where you've found your information.

      The BBC is seen as a trustworthy place to find facts because they have lots of processes in place to check their information. One thing to look at is also the date of an article. The BBC article you have given is from 2016. Can you find evidence that the claims made are still relevant in 2019?

      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 19 Feb 2019

        Okay, so i'm wrong. But I found out that this graphs shows the number of violent crimes involving a knife/sharp object (this is for 2011 to 2018, I couldn't find a lot of stuff for 2019).
        The Graph, which also happens to be from the BBC:

    2. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg steadfast_moon | New Horizons Children's Academy
      balanced_singer's comment 21 Feb 2019

      I agree with what you are saying balanced_singer, however sometimes the news don’t say the truth or don’t say the whole picture. Furthermore, crime has actually been going down in the area, but the news and police makes it seem like it’s going up because, like I learnt in one of our BNC sessions, the police use earlier experiences that people have gone through to decide if it has ascended or descended.

      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
        steadfast_moon's comment 22 Feb 2019

        steadfast_moon, the news was from the BBC so I thought it was trustworthy and then Tiff said it was from 2016, so now it’s not trustworthy. It’s confusing I know

        1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
          balanced_singer's comment 22 Feb 2019

          I'd suggest that the article is trustworthy but that the figures may be out of date and therefore not give us a really clear understanding of the curretn situation.

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