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In the 12 months leading up to March 2022, 99 young people under 25 were murdered with a knife or sharp object, 13 of them were under 16.

It can be extremely worrying to think that your child is involved in something as dangerous as knife crime. They may not be carrying a weapon themselves but are associated with people who

are. The natural reaction is to panic – but this won’t resolve the situation and could push your child away.

Whatever the reason a young person is involved in knife crime, it is likely to have something to do with fear. Even if they don’t admit it, a young person getting involved in weapons will be frightened, and continuously looking over their shoulder. They will be waiting for the police to stop and search them, or to be confronted by others, and in the end will be grateful for a ‘way out’ of that lifestyle.

The Ben Kinsella Trust provides useful resources for parents, to support conversations with your children.


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