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Advice for parents

It’s understandably worrying if you find out that your child is carrying a knife, or that they are involved with people who do. It’s important that you talk to your child and keep communication open with them.

Speak to them about the serious consequences of carrying a knife, and try to find out why they feel the need to carry a knife. It could be that they don’t feel safe, or because their friends do. It’s important to get to the reason before you can address it.

Carrying a knife could be a sign that your child is involved in gang related crime. Read further information on what to do to help prevent your child from joining a gang or if you believe your child is involved in this type of activity.

If you want to report crime anonymously, you can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or completing the online crime report form.

Find out how else you can speak out about knife crime .

No Knives, Better Lives

We’d recommend visiting ‘No Knives, Better Lives (opens in new window)’ for further advice and support on what to do if you have concerns about your child and young people.

It includes tips on how to start a conversation with your child about this difficult topic.

Family Lives

You can contact Family Lives (opens in new window) (previously ParentLine) on 0808 800 2222 for information, advice, guidance and support.


Call the NSPCC (opens in new window)on their 24/7 helpline for people with concerns about children and young people: 0808 800 5000

Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation (BAVEX)

Visit the Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation website (opens in new widow) to find out more about how we are working with our partners to tackle serious youth violence and exploitation.

Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU)

The Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) (opens in new widow) is a network of different agencies and groups aiming to tackle the root causes of things like gang membership and prevent young people becoming involved in all aspects of gang criminality and exploitation. Visit its website to find specialist support and advice to help you or have concerns about a family member or friend.

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