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BACKGROUND

This analysis covers captures narratives (videos, all with implied consent) during seminars organised by the Buganda Heritage Association (BHA) and other forums on same topical issues. Variously BHA had been called upon to co-facilitate shared areas of concern to justify the need for a strategic proactive integrated, collaborative and a patterned approach in better understanding of the significant root causes and/or increase in this blighting knife crime to achieve objective solutions and/or focused means to address it.

In short, the Buganda Heritage Association (BHA) is a UK/Ireland charity involved with the promoting an inter/intra-nationalities culture, welfare and wellbeing of associated nationalities. To this end, was this initiative to tackle knife crime in London which had caused the loss of some 9 lives and serious/critical injuries of the Baganda youth. This trend was evidenced by a Metropolitan police report released between 2014 and 2016 the number of children carrying knives in London schools rose by almost 50%, while the number of knife offences in London schools rose by 26%. More the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, called it a “wake-up call” (Gary Younge writing in the guardian newspapers –Beyond Blades’) March 2017.
The initiative ‘tackling knife crime’, as referred to here, was about finding ways of ‘keeping-in-check’ youth involvement in related/negative activities which results in what is called ‘knife crime’. After a series of workshops/seminars, the 40 videos captured a range/mix of views and experiences of and from both the youth/adults/police who attended the various sessions. Hence the analysis of the data that follows below.

The analysis uses three sociological tools:
(i) The Input, Process, Output, Outcome – which unpacks the initiatives in the various compartments to enable the reader(s) have an insight on the challenges as captured.
(ii) SWOT - Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat – which stress tests the initiatives for its robustness by unpacking the data into the various compartments to enable the reader(s) have an insight of the participant’s own assessment of the initiative.
(iii) 5A – Accessible, Available, Acceptable, Appropriate, Adaptable – this targets the ‘Outcome’ element as in (i) above; and ‘Opportunity’ element of SWOT as in (ii) above to engage the readers(s) on participant’s insight on the way forward.