Sheffield communities 'should design own anti-violence strategies'
Knife crime in Sheffield can be cut by reducing school exclusions, increasing the diversity of teaching staff and paying communities for solutions, a report says.
There were eight fatal stabbings in 2018 and South Yorkshire is among the top five local authority areas to see increases in knife crime.
A report on violent crime in the area has produced 10 recommendations.
Ideas include benefits advice along with family and mental health support.
The report was produced by staff from the University of Sheffield, charities and youth organisations.
Recommendations included the formation of a paid group of young people and adults from affected communities to "co-design strategies to reduce violence".
In 2018, eight men died from stabbings in Sheffield and in June 2019, the government gave South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner £1.6m for a Violence Reduction Unit similar to Glasgow's, where police, schools, hospitals and charities take a "public-health approach" and treat violent crime as a disease.
But the report's authors said those deaths represented "only a fraction" of the city's knife crime offences, and a long-term solution to those offences needed to be found.
The report, compiled for Sheffield City Council, said there should be help for families in deprived areas to claim benefits and to maximise their incomes, reduce school exclusions and "employ teachers more representative of the communities they serve".
Abtisam Mohamed, of Sheffield Council, said reducing school exclusions had a major impact on young people's "life outcomes".
Sheffield knife crime victims
- Gavin Singleton, 31, was stabbed in the chest on Walkley Lane in Sheffield in September 2018 in a "petty" row over cash. Danny Trotter, 24, was found guilty of his murder
- Kavan Brissett, 21, was stabbed in the chest in an alleyway off Langsett Walk, in Upperthorpe, in August. Ahmed Farrah, 29, is wanted in connection with his death
- Jarvin Blake, 22, was knifed in the heart in daylight in Burngreave in March 2018. Four men in a rival drugs gang were jailed for his murder last week
- Glenn Boardman, 59, from Chapeltown, had his throat slit by his neighbour in a row about stolen money. Michael Goddard, 51, was jailed in December
- Fahim Hersi, 22, was stabbed to death outside Cineworld in September
- Samuel Baker, 15, died after he was stabbed in the chest during a street fight in Lowedges. Another teenager was sentenced over the death
- Ryan Jowle, 19, was stabbed in the chest at a block of flats in Woodhouse in May 2018. Rival drug dealer Franck Kiongazi, 23, was jailed over the death
- In March, an 83-year-old woman with dementia admitted stabbing Alan Grayson to death at his home in Handsworth