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 a young person in is immediate danger of knife crime, call 999.
If you are worried about your child
It is worrying to think that your child is involved in something as dangerous as knife crime. The natural reaction may be to panic but this could push your child away.
Know the facts
Your child may have talked about knives with their friends or heard a story about someone who carries a knife. We should have 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 have 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
What can I do?
If you are worried that your child may be involved in knife crime, read our tips below to help identify any issues:
- Know what knives you have in your home.
- Be aware of any online purchases or searches for blades
- Remember it could be another weapon and not a knife
- Talk to your child regularly and be engaged with their social media
- If you are concerned, search their bag, bedroom or other potential hiding spaces in your home
- Discuss if they feel vulnerable and how you can support them
- Know where your child or teenager is, who their friend are and where they are visiting.
Encourage your child to take part in activities
Taking part in activities can help to keep your child away from harm. Redbridge youth centres offer a range of services including after school clubs, youth groups, sports and creative workshops.
- Knife Free: Home Office backed campaign offering guidance if you are concerned about a young person.
- Knife Crimes: an online knife crime resource offering advice and support
- Kooth: a free online counselling service for 10 to 18 year olds
- The Families Together Hub offers parenting programmes and family support
- Parentline Plus: A national charity that gives advice on all aspects of parenting and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Victim support: a national charity that can help you and your child if they have been a victim of knife crime.
- Find out what's happening in your local area including crime statistics on the Metropolitan Police website