The project headlines as at July 2019 are:

1:  CTVT announces support for young people to educate their parents via YouTube

2: “Police are not the right agency to tackle knife crime”, says academic

3:  LET’S TALK facilitates a private meeting for bereaved parents to speak with the Prime Minister

Story 1 Educate the Parents

A number of students voiced concerns that their parents generation did not understand what was going on for young people today. Community TV Trust has stepped in and pledged to support a team of young people who will lead on content generation for this work. A dedicated LET’S TALK website will also carry this channel as well as link to social media platforms requested by the young editors.

Story 2 It’s not the Police

One Panel member is preparing a PhD and studying policing in Southwark. He attended all the Forums and having combed through the transcripts put together an argument that says the Police are not the right agency to tackle knife crime. This sounds inflammatory but being well argued is more accurately challenging to the rest of us. Are we ready for the consequences of this idea?

Story 3 Meeting the Prime Minister

In the autumn of 2018 a former pupil of Harris Academy Peckham [HAP] was killed when trying to intervene in a fight he bumped into. He lost his life. This tragedy coincided with Year 9 students at HAP creating a musical on a fictional knife crime story. Their music teacher sat on the LET’S TALK Panel and met up with the Ministry of Justice senior civil servant also on the Panel. When she was contacted by the Prime Minister’s office with a request to locate a bereaved family with whom the PM might meet and talk about knife crime and related issues, the two Panel members hooked up and arranged at short notice for the parents to meet privately with Theresa May.

This extraordinary story shows what can happen when a community meets up and relationships are struck up between similarly minded active citizens.


The range of films coming through LET’S TALK includes a musical from Harris Academy Peckham & a dance drama from local and well established dance company, Movement Factory.

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