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.
You can call ChildLine (opens in new window) 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 (opens in new window) 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 (opens in new window) 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 about gangs on their website (opens in new window), including what to do if you need general information or legal advice.
Find out more about gang crime.
Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation (BAVEX)
Visit the Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation website (opens in new window) 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 window) 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, whether you are a young person directly involved, or have concerns about a family member or friend.