If you feel pressured to carry a knife or weapon
- If you feel you need to carry a knife for protection you are putting yourself at risk. People who carry a weapon are more likely to be injured.
- Don't carry a knife or weapon. If you don't take it with you, it won't be used.
- Walk away from the situation. It is the hardest thing to do, but the safest.
- Tell someone and report it. It is better that someone gets into trouble now than ends up injured or even killed
- Ask for help, there are people you can talk to in confidence and anonymously.
- Call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
- Visit Fearless - a site where young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality.
- Call Childline in confidence on 0800 1111.
If you are in a situation where someone is carrying a knife or weapon
- Walk away from the situation
- Tell someone and report it. You can speak to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or Childline in confidence on 0800 1111.
What if you think a friend is involved in knife crime
If your friend is carrying a knife or weapon and you are with them it is putting both of you in in danger. Someone could end up seriously injured or killed. If your friend is caught in possession of a knife or weapon your friend could face up to four years in prison.
- Try talking to them, explaining the risk and consequences of their actions.
- If you are unable to talk to them, try telling someone you trust, a parent, teacher or other trusted adult.
- You could speak to someone in confidence. You can call independent charity Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Childline in confidence on 0800 1111.