Readers discuss solutions to knife crime, the importance of schools and the benefits of youth services

Gary Younge’s questioning whether the solution to teenage knife crime lies in increasing police numbers is welcome recognition of the more complex reasons for the actions causing it (Teenagers are being killed. More policing is not the answer, Journal, 7 March).

Disadvantaged young people have suffered a succession of austerity measures dating back to 2010, including decimated youth services, reduced mental health resources, reductions in support for care leavers and extensive cuts in educational provision, especially in secondary and further education.

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