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? Would you know the signs to look out for?

Warning signs

  • Has your child withdrawn from the family unit?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-defence?

  • 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.

Consider mentioning:

  • 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 want more information about knife crime, where can I go?

No Knives Better Lives have a parent zone that opens up discussion around knife crime as well as providing helpful advice and contacts.

Consider asking them to watch this interactive video.