What is knife crime?
Put simply, knife crime is a crime that involves a knife, this includes:
- Carrying a knife
- Trying to buy a knife if you are under 18
- Threatening someone with a knife
- Owning a banned knife
- Injuring or fatally wounding somebody with a knife
- Intent to injure or harm somebody with a knife
- A robbery or burglary where a knife was carried as a weapon
Get the facts
The most commonly given reason for carrying a knife is 'for protection' However ……
25% of knife crime is linked to gang or serious organised crime
Nearly a third of children in the UK have been affected by gun and knife crime
One in five 16 year old boys admit to having attacked someone and intended to hurt them seriously with a knife
Carrying a knife in a public place could result in 4 years in prison. Those found in possession of a knife on more than one occasion face a minimum sentence of 6 months.
Using a knife or bladed instrument can lead to being charged with a range of offences, from causing Grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, manslaughter or even murder.
If you were present, you too could be sent to prison for murder in a 'joint enterprise'
Some people carry a knife to feel safe. It is important to recognise that those who carry knives put themselves at greater risk of getting hurt or of committing a crime themselves.
If you have any information regarding those who carry knives we want to hear from you. Don’t let those carrying knives wreck the community.
- Lauric video
- A fathers story
- One knife video
- Draw my life video
- Anthony Joshua - Make the right choice
- Lives Not Knives - Leicester City FC
- Paramedic & Doctor video
- Home Office, Aliya's Story
- Home office Sammy's Story
- Home office Ben's Story
- Interactive video. "Choose a Different Ending"
Would you know?
Would you know how to spot if your child was carrying a knife?
Did you know that young men aged 12 - 25 are most likely to be convicted of carrying an offensive weapon?
Do you suspect your teenage son or daughter has started carrying a knife?
Here's some signs to looking out for:
- Has your child withdrawn from the family unit?
- Has your child's school reported a significant behavioural change?
- Has your child's school reported a decrease in grades or academic achievement?
- Has your child stopped attending activities which they would have previously enjoyed and could be considered positive influences such as sports clubs?
- Has your child changed their friendship groups or lost contact with old friends?
- Is your child protective and/or secretive with their bags and/or clothing?
- Has your child been overly defensive when you have questioned them about their possessions?
- Have they demonstrated a positive attitude towards those that carry knives, for example talking about self-defense?
- Have you noticed anything missing from your house that could be used as a weapon such as a kitchen knife or screwdriver?
- Have you found a knife or other weapon in your child's possession?
I think my child is carrying a knife. Where do I go from here?
The best way to progress is to talk to your child. If young people are educated on the consequences of knife crime they may reconsider carrying knives.
The law. The law is unforgiving towards people involved in knife crime, even if the perpetrator is under 18. Perpetrators tried as adults can face up to four years in prison just for having a knife in their possession.
Personal safety. Carrying a knife creates a false sense of security and strength. Is your child more likely to put themselves in a dangerous situation because of this?
The consequence. Knife crime is considered a violent crime and can severely affect their ability to get jobs. Carrying or using a knife doesn't just affect that individual. When a knife is used, the individual's family, the victim and the victim's friends and family are all affected.
- I carry a small folding knife, am I breaking the law?
- I want to dispose of my knife but am worried about the consequences. How do I do this?
- I've heard rumours about a two strike rule. Is this true and what does it mean for me?
- I've asked somebody to carry my knife for me, am I still liable?
- I've never used my knife as a weapon but I carry one for protection, can I still be punished?
- Can I still be punished under the two strike rule if I am under 18?
- I'm at school and my teacher wants to search my bag, are they allowed to do this?
- Are you a teacher or professional looking for resources and lesson plans? For access to our knife crime toolkit please contact School Workshops on email@example.com
Reporting/ further information
101 (call 24/7) or report online.
We understand you may feel that disclosing this information could put you at risk. You can report any information you have anonymously to:
- Fearless - https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info / 0800555111 (call 24/7)
- Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/crime-law/gun-knife-crime/
- The Mix - https://www.themix.org.uk/crime-and-safety/in-trouble/why-carry-a-weapon-9303.html / 08088084994
- No knives, better lives - http://noknivesbetterlives.com/young-people/the-facts
- Home office - #knifefree - https://www.knifefree.co.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIksionsHs3AIViM13Ch0JFQ7EEAAYASAAEgK5Y_D_BwE&dclid=CMSN66LB7NwCFUKI7QodpSEEQQ
- Victim support - https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
- You&co - https://www.youandco.org.uk/
- Talk about knife crime - http://www.knifecrimes.org/000904_KNIFE_A5_LEAFLET.pdf (leaflet)
- Parent Plus - 08088002222 - https://www.familylives.org.uk/search/?searchType=phrase&keywords=knife&siid=19