Knife crime

The Home Office has made a number of resources relating to being ‘knife free’ available via the following website:

The resources include:

  • Why should I be knife-free?
  • Knowing the risks
  • Finding other ways to spend your time.

Being caught with a knife can mean up to four years in prison, even if you haven’t used it.

If you are being encouraged to carry a knife, but are not sure of a way out, Knifefree have some tips on how to change your behaviour:

Below is a link to a short interactive video showing the possible outcomes of carrying a knife:

The film is available via the Metropolitan Police’s website:

Some ways to report things

Asking an adult for help, like a family member, youth worker or teacher.

Calling Crimestoppers or giving information online:

You will be asked questions about what has happened, but you don’t have to give your name.
0800 555 111

Calling Childline or having 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor. It’s confidential and you can get in touch at any time. Calls are free, even from mobile phones.
0800 1111

Contacting the Police by dialling 101 to report something that already happened. If it’s an emergency or someone is injured or being threatened, you can call 999 for urgent help. The police are there to protect people and help stop crime.

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