Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, President of The Prince’s Trust, and The Duke of Sussex today joined a discussion on the issue of youth violent crime hosted at Clarence House. The discussion involved young people and families, as well as youth and community experts. 

Their Royal Highnesses, together with representatives of business, government and charity, listened to the experiences of young people and families whose lives have been affected by youth violence, and to others who are dedicating their lives to positive solutions. 

Included in the discussion are representatives from Youth United, Families United, The Metropolitan Police, members of the Armed Forces, medical professionals and young people and representatives of youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

Gideon Buabeng, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador said:

It never occurred to me that my story was one to share with others. In 2015 I sustained 14 stab wounds in a knife attack, but where I’m from it wasn’t that unusual to have been a victim of violence. 

"With the help of my mentor, I began to understand the power of sharing my story with a view to influence change in a positive way. I am honoured to take part in today’s discussion and hope that I can continue to help other young people move away from the culture of violence."

Barry Mizen, Founder of For Jimmy said:

The more we can listen to the experiences of those involved in youth violent crime - the perpetrators, the victims and the victims’ families - the more we can learn about how to prevent it. This is why today is important, because people are listening.

Barry and Margaret Mizen’s Safe Haven project has already helped cut crime. With schools and police, they introduce local youth to local businesses, who agree to be a safe haven for youngsters in trouble.

The Prince's Trust Team programme helps steer young people away from a life of crime. In 2016-17, Team supported 8,747 young people in England, of which 21% received support directly from the Police or Fire Rescue Services.