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

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    Young people face all sorts of pressures. Finding out why they carry can help lead to a solution.

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    Simply listening and giving time to a young person can encourage them to think about their decisions and behaviour.

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    Teaching them the consequences of knife crime can also help them to understand that carrying a knife is not the answer.

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    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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_#knifefree resources

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.

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