Committing crime and ending up with a criminal record will affect the rest of your child’s life. Having a criminal record can prevent a young person getting a job, going to university or college, or even travelling abroad.
If your child’s presence or actions lead to a crime they could be charged with the same offence as the main offender. For example, if they provided support or encouragement to a fellow gang member who committed a robbery or injured someone, they too could be charged with the same offence. This is called joint enterprise.
Police can and will search someone if they believe they are carrying a gun, knife or other weapon. Police and school staff can also search young people for weapons at school.
Find out more on the law on knife crime and gun crime.