Knife Awareness

Information and  resources offering help and guidance to young people, parents/carers and professionals to raise awareness of knife harm and the consequences and how to talk  about knives and weapons.

Good to know

  • carrying a knife isn't normal - 99% of young people don't carry a knife
  • carrying a knife increases the risk of injury - often people who carry a weapon for protection become the victim of knife crime
  • if caught with a weapon you will be charged with possession - even if you are holding it for someone else

Resources for Professionals

Kent and Medway Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) Good Conversations Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help you prepare for a conversation with someone about whether they are carrying a knife, why they are doing this and what you can do if they are.

View VRU good conversations toolkit (PDF, 524.8 KB)

The Ben Kinsella Trust: Choices and Consequences Lesson Plan (KS4)

A lesson plan on choices and consequences for teachers, youth workers and other practitioners working with young people in key stage 4.

View the Ben Kinsella Trust: Choices and Consequences Lesson Plan (PDF, 312.8 KB)

The Ben Kinsella Trust: Keeping Safe Lesson Plan

A lesson plan to help explain how children and young people can keep safe. This lesson plan is for teachers, youth workers and other practitioners working with young people in key stage 3 and key stage 4.

View the Ben Kinsella Trust: Keeping Safe Lesson Plan (PDF, 111.6 KB)

The Ben Kinsella Trust: Victims of Knife Crime Lesson Plan

A lesson plan for discussing victims of knife crime for teachers, youth workers and other practitioner working with young people in key stage 3 and key stage 4.

View the Ben Kinsella Trust: Victims of Knife Crime Lesson Plan (PDF, 407.5 KB)

Fearless: Snitching and the Bystander Approach

This resource has been produced for professionals working with young people throughout the UK. It provides information about Fearless.org, discusses the barriers to reporting crime including myths around snitching and also information on the Bystander Approach and how you can talk to young people about being an active bystander.

View the Fearless: Snitching and the Bystander Approach guidance
(PDF, 1.2 MB)

Resources for Parents/Carers

The Ben Kinsella Trust: Guide to Knife Harm for Parents and Carers

This guide has been produced in collaboration between the Ben Kinsella Trust and Kent and Medway Violence Reduction Unit. The guide will help parents and carers understand  what they can do to support their child,  how to identify knife crime , and how to start a conversation about knife crime with their child.

View the Ben Kinsella Trust: Guide to Knife Harm (PDF, 842.2 KB)

Kent Police: Parents and Carers' Guide to Knife Crime

A guide to help parents and carers know how to help keep their child safe; understand why young people carry knives; know the signs to look for; and know understand what they can do to support their child.

View Kent Police: Parents and Carers' Guide to Knife Crime (PDF, 1.0 MB)

Home Office: A guide on how to talk to your child about knives

This leaflet holds practical advice for parents/carers on what they can do to reduce the likelihood of a child carrying a knife. The leaflet aims to provide some pointers on what to look for, how to raise the subject and who to contact for help.

View Home Office: A guide in how to talk to your child about knives (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Resources for Young People

No Way

A young person's guide to understanding how to safely intervene when someone you know is carrying a knife.

View 'No Way' guide (PDF, 5.9 MB)

Want to know more

View the Ben Kinsella Trust website

View Knife Violence Prevention Scotland - No Knives Better Lives website

View NSPCC website

View Fearless website