Youth violence prevention - Providers and how to refer

The following organisations run programmes and initiatives to engage with children and young people about the consequences of youth violence and knife crime.


BNENC (Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council) address the issue of gang and street culture within the Everton area through specialised out reach teams (SORTS), focusing on: 

  • Drop in support
  • Gun, knife and gang workshops
  • Group support
  • Street based outreach
  • Centre based activities
  • School liaison
  • Police liaison
  • Half term activities
  • Full summer programme

Visit the BNENC website to find out more about the service.

Contact Mervyn Parry on 0151 288 8400 if you are interested in a referral.

Catch22 - Creating opportunities 

Creating Opportunities is designed to help support young people aged 16 to 25 who live in Liverpool and are at risk of or involved in serious violence, to get on a path towards employment.

The programme accepts young people who are not already in full time education, training or employment (less than 16 hours is accepted). Visit the Catch22 website for more information about the programme and contact details.

Young people can complete an online self-referral form and Catch22 will contact you within 48 hours.

Organisations can complete an online client referral form and Catch22 will contact you first before reaching out to the participant.

The CELLS Project

CELLS is an organisation that aims to educate children and young people about the serious consequences of crime through outreach, mentoring, behaviour interventions and support.

Knife crime workshops are delivered by people with real life experience of knife crime and gang related activities. Visit the CELLS website to find out more about the CELLS project.

Email for a referral form and risk score chart.

National Probation Service Integrated Offender Management (IOM)

The MAASKC (multi-agency approach to serious knife crime) is a programme completed with offenders who have been convicted of knife crime or possession of bladed articles to address their offending behaviours.

Referrals are completed by the IOM team and must be within the IOM cohort.


Alternative education for ages 14-16, offering traineeships in motorcycle mechanics. Visit the STAR-SLA website for more information.

Complete the online referral form or contact the service.

Positive Futures

Positive Futures is a charitable organisation based in North Liverpool. It works with young people aged 8 to 24 to access opportunities through targeted support programmes and detached work to help overcome challenges.

For more information about the work we do, visit the Positive Futures website.

To access the targeted support service, request a referral form by emailing