The Prince’s Trust has revealed that one in four (24 per cent) 16 to 25-year olds feels increasingly unsafe because of violence in their community.

The research, based on an online survey of 2,162 young people from across the UK, asked respondents what they feel contributes to violent crime[1]. More than two thirds (68 per cent) think people are reacting to what is happening in their home life, while 45 per cent claim there are not enough alternative activities for young people.

Two in five respondents (39 per cent) claim news about rising violent crime makes them worry for their safety, but nearly half (48 per cent) say it misrepresents them and their friends.

According to the research, 71 per cent believe stable employment would help reduce violent crime, 69 per cent believe young people succeeding in education would help, while two thirds think having positive role models is important. More than half (53 per cent) say being educated about the consequences of violent crime would help see a reduction.

Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust said: It is of great concern to see that many young people feel unsafe in their communities. At The Prince’s Trust we work tirelessly to give young people an alternative – we give them a way out of a life they don’t want, and the confidence and skills to build a better future.

We will never give up on young people that want to live, learn and earn more; therefore, we are looking to double the support we give to young people over the next ten years.

The Prince’s Trust is enhancing and increasing its work with young people in key cities to help those at risk of being impacted by, or getting involved in, serious violence.

Through providing alternative activities, The Trust builds young people’s confidence and skills and offers positive activities right on their doorstep. Young people are also connected with youth workers and mentors who prepare them for training, work or self-employment.

Increasing early intervention is also a key part of The Trust’s response. Working with schools, colleges and pupil referral units, The Prince’s Trust provides a practical approach to learning, supporting young people aged 11 to 19 to engage and succeed in education and make positive life decisions.

As part of our commitment to giving young people a greater stake in society, we have convened the UK2030 taskforce, which will develop constructive, actionable recommendations for businesses, third sector and government to ensure young people are healthy, happy and safe. 


[1] “Violent crime” was defined within the survey as crimes where the offender uses or threatens to use force. This includes crimes that do not result in injuries (e.g. minor assault, harassment) and crimes that result in injuries/ death (e.g. knife crime).