Are you concerned about a young person? Family, friends, teachers and role models are an important influence on a young person, and you can have a powerful effect. It might be a difficult conversation – but talking about knife carrying is critical to finding a solution. When you speak to a young person, it’s important to be clear that they have a choice, even when they think they may not.
How you can help
Young people face all sorts of pressures. Finding out why they carry can help lead to a solution.
Simply listening and giving time to a young person can encourage them to think about their decisions and behaviour.
Teaching them the consequences of knife crime can also help them to understand that carrying a knife is not the answer.
Making them understand how upset you’d be if they got caught with a knife or got injured could help them realise the impact their actions have on you and/or others.
Let the young person you speak to know…
That by carrying a knife, they:
- Have false sense of security.
- Could be increasing the risk of getting stabbed or injured.
- Are breaking the law.
That not carrying, and walking away from confrontation:
- Is the smart thing to do.
- Is the safer thing to do.
- Is the stronger thing to do.
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Help in your local area
Contact your local authority for a list of local parenting groups and organisations that can offer advice. For links to all local authority websites, please click on the button below.
If you suspect someone is carrying a knife or other offensive weapons, or have information about a crime, you can report it safely and anonymously to Crimestoppers.
The NSPCC helpline is a place adults can contact by phone or online to get advice or share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish.
Are you a teacher or someone that works with young people? #knifefree has collaborated with the PSHE assocation to develop knife crime lesson plans for young people in KS3 and KS4. Click on the button below to find out more.