Knife crime in England and Wales rises to record high, ONS figures show…
Home Office figures show that only one in every 14 offences led to court proceedings – less than half the rate five years ago. The charging rate has been in decline almost continuously since 2014-15, when changes were made to the collection of the data. Last year, 7.1% of crimes resulted in a suspect being charged or ordered to appear in court. The previous year it was 8.2% – and in 2014-15 it was 15.5%. The percentage of crimes in which suspects were cautioned has also fallen, to 1.3% from 4.6% in 2014-15. (Information Courtesy of Danny Shaw, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent)
The James Brindley Full Circle Programme seeks to tackle youth offending head on, using an evidence based 360-degree approach. Alongside developing an individual’s awareness of both the short and long term consequences of decision making, the programme seeks to develop problem solving and decision making skills, that we believe will contribute to a positive social lifestyle and avoid involvement in the criminal justice system. The programme was developed in response to Government statistics, suggesting that ‘looked after’ children in England, are five times more likely to offend than all children…

Ending Youth Violence with a full stop.

The unnatural death of our most precious son James, hit us like a bolt out of the blue and we continue to reel from the shock and trauma of the dreadful event itself; the utter disbelief and despair at his loss, undiminished with time, with no prospect of remission. But we, as the surviving members of James’ family, are no different to the thousands of parents, siblings, relatives and friends of those who have fallen victim to the scourge of our nation, knife crime. Like us, many also must cope with the agony of a perceived lack of justice, for their loved one.

The James Brindley Foundation, inspired by James to help others, exists to bring an end to youth violence, through our accredited educational programmes and to help families who suffer the same pain as ourselves. It is our aspiration, that these matters be given the gravity today, so that they can be consigned to history tomorrow.

The James Brindley Foundation

The James Brindley Foundation was launched on 2nd November 2018, following the murder of James Brindley, in an unprovoked and motiveless knife attack, as he walked home alone, at around 11.45pm, on June 23rd 2017.

This event irrevocably changed the lives of James’ family, friends and the wider community of Aldridge and served to demonstrate that violent crime can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone.

The Foundation comprises James’s family members and professionals, united by a shared passion, to protect and support young people, who are at risk of, or who are already engaging in criminalised behaviours.  We believe that, all young people are capable of positive change and can achieve their full potential, when offered a safe and supportive environment, where they can comfortably discuss their experiences and be given the tools and means to address their behaviour. The James Brindley Foundation exists to provide young people with these opportunities.

The James Brindley Foundation Quiz Night, 2019

We're all about Action

We believe in action to bring about positive change. Our activity behind the scenes is full on, to raise awareness, educate, fundraise and to lobby for constructive changes in the law and the criminal justice system. Our aspiration to end youth violence may not be possible in absolute terms, but tackling the core issues is our contribution to bringing about positive social change, in James’ name.

Through Fundraising

James was a popular and inspirational young man and following his murder, messages of comfort and support, came from far and wide and from across a huge spectrum of society. Many have raised money with fundraising ideas of their own, which they have donated to James’ Foundation.

Our Fundraising events are fun, social and are for everyone to enjoy. We also welcome anyone wishing to undertake fundraising activities of their own, on behalf of The James Brindley Foundation, and will provide advice and assistance in the organisation of an event.

We survive through the generosity of others, who believe in what we do. Please lend us your support and a helping hand, to make our country a safer place, for all.

Thank you.

Wolf Run 2019

Through the Media

When James was murdered, the media played a significant role in the search for those responsible. We believe that the media is key in galvanising support for our cause and bringing about positive social change. We are playing an active role in awareness across the UK, with regular appearances on national television, Youtube and social channels.

BAFTA Nominated Victoria Derbyshire Show.

Through Education

The James Brindley Foundation is taking a long term, public health approach to tackle, what we believe to be, a knife crime ‘national crisis’. In order to break the cycle of violence, we have launched The James Brindley Full Circle Programme, an accredited educational programme for children and young people and an assessment tool for professionals. The programme seeks to increase a young person’s awareness, of both the short and long term consequences of decision making, both for themselves and others and also to develop problem solving and decision making skills. The Programme actively promotes interests and activities that are positive alternatives to antisocial behaviours.

Currently, the programme is taken into all schools, including ‘special educational needs’ provisions and Pupil Referral Units, (PRUs), as well as colleges, Youth Justice Services, and the Prison Service. 

Through Legislation

Having witnessed the realities of our laws from inside the criminal justice system, we believe that constructive changes must be made, in order that families like our own can grieve for their loved ones, without having to contend with the agony that comes from a perceived lack of justice for their loved one.

The Law and the Criminal Justice System must play a fundamental role in the de-escalation of violence and the restoration of justice, for victims and their families. Disparities between actions and their consequences for perpetrators, must be tackled, as well as the imbalance between the rights of perpetrators and those of victims and their families. Currently, ‘the system’ appears skewed in favour of perpetrators and as a consequence, there are many perceived miscarriages of justice. These are complex issues, which we intend to confront, through discussion with experts and campaigning for change through public support.

Only when the scales of justice have been balanced, will families like our own be free to properly mourn their loved ones.

See our Campaign here

“When the truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” Yevgeny Yuvtushenko

Helping the UK’s young people to make positive changes for a better life.

Educating and making a difference in bringing down the figures relating to violent crime, every statistic represents a life. We welcome your help and support to carry on the fight.


Source: Home Office Year ending March.
with thanks to

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We believe that every young person, at risk of entering the criminal justice system, or who is already engaging in criminalised behaviours, is capable of positive change. The James Brindley Full Circle Programme’s holistic approach to tackling youth offending, utilises the latest research, theories and best practices, to deliver ground breaking education for young people.


The Foundation comprises James’ family members and professionals, united by a shared passion to protect and support young people, who are at risk or who are already engaging in criminalised behaviours. We believe that together, we can make a positive difference in society.


Through our accredited educational programmes, engaging workshops, early intervention and residential provisions, as well as fostering placements, we are able to respond proactively, to the needs of young people and families, providing opportunity for positive change, in both reactive and preventative contexts, throughout the wider community.


Our Vision:
We want to live in a country, where no-one walks in fear of youth violence.We believe that, when everyone accepts personal responsibility for those around them, inevitably violence will be reduced and ultimately, lives saved.

Our Mission:
The James Brindley Foundation, inspired by James to help others, exists to bring an end to youth violence, and to help families who suffer the same pain as ourselves. It is our aspiration that, these matters be given the gravity today, so that they can be consigned to history, tomorrow.

Our Need:
We believe that we are surrounded by generous and talented people, who have the knowledge, enthusiasm and time to help us drive our charity forwards. We are reaching out to campaigners, event managers and fundraisers, ambassadors, trainers and mentors et al… who passionately believe in our cause and want to join the team. Together, we will bring about positive change. Tell us about you! Call 0121 752 2610.


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