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Cut Short: Fighting Against Knives in the North is a documentary made for schools and educators to give young people a non-judgmental, realistic insight into the causes and consequences of knife crime and youth violence.

It follows the stories of two individuals whose lives have been impacted irreversibly by knife crime; Sarah's son was murdered at 17 over a drug debt and Vilson went to prison as a teenager after using a knife in a gang altercation. They share their own experiences and speak to people with unique insight, including: an eye witness to Sarah's son's murder, a gang member disillusioned with the gang life, an ex-gang leader who used to groom new recruits into joining his gang and an ex-gang member who now helps young people stay off the streets through making music.

Alongside the film we've developed a thorough teaching package suitable for ages 12-18 to support educators through the lesson. The package contains:
  • the full documentary, plus two bonus scenes
  • suggested lesson plans
  • factsheets and regional data for teachers to better understand the subject matter
  • activities based around key scenes in the films
  • worksheets and questionnaires for students
  • advice on handling this subject matter and any safeguarding issues that may arise
  • an original audiobook from Sarah that tells the story of her son's murder through a creative approach
Please share this link with other teachers, educators, pastoral support or youth workers so more young people can benefit from the resources.
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