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