HAVING THE CONVERSATION
Knife crime is on the increase and to keep young people safe, we all need to understand the growing pressures they are under.
It’s not always easy to raise the subject with your son, daughter or any young person, but having a conversation about knives is really important in order to keep them safe. They DO care what you think and listening and talking through issues can help them make the right choices.
Knowing the risks and consequences of carrying a knife is a good place to start. Find out more here.
- Talk with them about the risks – they’re real
- Search their bags or coats for knives or weapons
- Let them know the danger of carrying for 'protection'
- Show them that not carrying and walking away from a confrontation is the best thing they can do to stay safe
- Know where they are and what they’re doing – don’t let them get in over their heads
- Keep talking and support them to make good choices.
IF YOU'RE WORRIED AND WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE, CONTACT:
Free and confidential helpline
808 800 2222
Give crime information anonymously
0800 555 111
Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon?
If so, please call 999 now
MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE THEM
There are lots of great activities in your area for young people to join in with and get interested in – sports, music, cooking, drama, youth clubs. Help them find their thing in the Our Merseyside In Your Area section.