Stay Safe Trauma Informed Weapons Awareness Programme – Southwark Youth Justice Service (Updated April 2022)


Southwark youth justice service have shared their trauma informed weapons awareness programme to support children-desistance journey. 


The Stay Safe Trauma Informed Weapons Awareness Programme (TiWAP) delivered by the Southwark Youth Justice Service is a 6-week programme which aims to reduce the prevalence of knife carrying and use by children, increase children- knowledge and awareness on knife crime and legal consequences and provide children with strategies to keep themselves safe without resorting to carrying weapons.

Southwark Youth Justice Service, have shared the session plans, that should be used to support the running of the programme itself.  The programme can be run both in a group setting or as a 1:1 session.

The programme is based on a theory of change with four measurable outcomes. The main premise behind TiWAP is that children carry weapons to keep safe. Middlesex University is currently undertaking research to evaluate if this programme is effective.


Youth justice service: Southwark youth justice service 
Name: Ana Figueira