NKBL is a national initiative that is delivered at a local level. Since 2009 the NKBL National Delivery Team (based at YouthLink Scotland) and the Scottish Government have supported partners in 11 selected local authority areas to implement NKBL as a local initiative. This support is now available to any local authority area in Scotland
The national delivery team Provide advice and support in relation to all aspects of developing and delivering a local No Knives Better Lives initiative. We also manage the national NKBL projects accessible to our partners in local areas. These include online practitioner training packages, peer education training, educational toolkits for schools and youth work settings and a range of supporting resources from high-quality videos and animations to posters, leaflets, reports and evaluations.
NKBL further supports knife crime prevention work via the NKBL Network, which provides opportunities for learning, one-to-one communication between partners and practitioners, and information and good practice sharing. The NKBL Network also operates to maintain a stream of feedback from our partners and others that is used shape the future of No Knives, Better Lives.
Our peer education work, delivered nationally by youth work organisation Fast Forward, has been a particular success, with 130 Peer Educators now working in communities across Scotland. It is highly rated by both participants and Peer Educators and was voted People’s Choice in the Scottish Community Safety Awards 2013.