The number of young people carrying knives across the borough is rising. We are asking parents, carers and the community to be more aware of the problem so we can work together to tackle the issue.
If you are worried about your child
It can be extremely worrying to think that your child is involved in something as dangerous as carrying a knife. The natural reaction may be to panic but this won’t help the situation and could push your child away. Your child will have probably talked about knives with their friends or hear a story about someone who carries a knife.
Know the facts
We need to have honest conversations with our children about knives, discussing the law and the consequences of carrying a knife.
- Carrying a knife is illegal, and carries up to four years in prison
- Police are legally allowed to stop and search a young person if they believe they are in procession of a weapon.
- A criminal record could stop your child entering university, getting a job, or travelling.
- Carrying a knife increases their own risk of being injured and seriously hurting someone else.
If you are concerned about your child carrying a knife or being involved in knife crime, read the below tips to help you identify these issues.
- Know what knives you have in your kitchen and home.
- Be aware of any online purchases or searches for blades.
- Regularly talk to your child, and be engaged with their social media.
- If concerned, search their bag, bedroom or other potential hiding spaces in your home
- Remember it might not be a knife but another weapon.
- Discuss if they feel vulnerable in certain areas, and discuss what solutions you as a parent can offer
It always helps to know where your child or teenager is, know their friends and know where they are visiting.
We all need to work together to help to make our child, our home and our community safer.
Activities for young people
Taking part in activities can really help keep your child away from harm. Redbridge youth centres offer a range of activities including free boxing classes, djing, creative arts, and sports.
For further information and support
Knife Free: Home Office backed campaign highlighting the dangers of knife crime to young, and guidance if you are concerned about a young person.
Knife Crimes: An online knife crime resource offering advice and support
Kooth: An online counselling service helping those aged between 10 to 18 years old with any troubles they may have. They provide an anonymous and confidential service using a mix of counselling, support and advice on a drop-in, out of hours and structured sessions.
The Early Intervention & Family Support Service offers parenting programmes and family support.
Parentline Plus: A national charity that works for and with parents. They give advice on all aspects of parenting and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Victim support: National charity that can help you, and your child if they have been a victim of knife crime.
Neighbourhood Policing: To find details of your local team and find out more about the work they are doing in your area
If you are concerned a young person in is immediate danger of knife crime call 999.