Southfields was privileged to welcome Alison Cope to our school yesterday, to speak with our Year 5 and 6 students about youth crime and violence.

Rising knife crime is one of the biggest challenges facing the police, especially in the UK’s major cities, but chiefs say they cannot solve the problem alone – and one mother is fighting hard to make sure more young people are protected from its dangers.

Alison Cope knows first hand how damaging knife crime can be. She is the mother of Joshua Ribera, who was murdered in 2013. Since Joshua’s death Alison has worked tirelessly to share her son’s story to educate young people about the real consequences of youth violence. 

With her and Josh’s compelling story coupled with her unique ability to connect with young people she regularly visits schools,  prisons and alternative education provisions nationally, reaching 1000’s of young people and changing lives.

The staff and children were amazed and inspired by her bravery and thankful for sharing her story and valuable messages and advice.