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Get help

If you are worried about knife crime, or are involved with it already, it is not too late to get help. Talk to your teacher or another grown up you trust or contact one of the organisations listed below.

Your local youth club or community centre may run projects that are geared towards stopping knife crime, and you could get involved with these.

Maybe you're under pressure to carry a knife or gun - you might think it'll be worse trying to get out of a gang or have it with you for protection. The truth is, it is more dangerous to keep going as you are:

If you don't take it with you, it won't be used.

Whilst walking away is often the hardest thing to do, it is the safest and won't get you into trouble with the police.

There is help out there. If you don't feel as though you can talk to your parents, a teacher or the police, then talk to a professional in confidence. ChildLine could be your first call on 0800 1111.


You can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 at any time if you are worried about your own safety or think that someone you know is carrying or even using a gun or knife.

Drop the Weapons

Visit Drop the Weapons to find out how you can give up knife and gun crime before it’s too late, and what options are available to you if you’re already involved in violent crime.


If you have information about knife crime in your area and you're nervous about going to the police, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will never ask for your name or try to trace the number that you're calling from.

You can also give information to Crimestoppers completely anonymously online by visiting their website


Gangsline offer a free, confidential helpline. You can call them on 0800 032 9538. They aim to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture.

You can also contact them on email.

They also have a lot of information on their website about gang culture, including what to do if you need general information or legal advice.

Find out more about gang crime.


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