If you are concerned that your child is at risk of ,or thinking
about carrying a knife, don't panic. We want you to feel confident
that you can speak with them or ask for support
without putting yourself or them at risk. This is being a
Your child may feel the need to carry a knife for various
reasons; they're feeling threatened, their friends are
carrying knives, they're carrying a knife for a
friend or they may be copying something they have
seen on TV or computer games.
Starting a conversation
If you suspect that your child is at risk of
becoming involved in knives, the right thing to do is gently
discuss the matter with them. We appreciate this could
be a very difficult subject to bring up.
The Cut It Out advice poster may help give you the
confidence to open up a discussion or seek further
support. Your child might not realise how serious
the matter is, what impact it can have on their life and
the lives of others.
Ask for help
If you do not feel able to raise the issue with your child, you
can consider sharing information with the Police. They welcome all
information linked to the carrying of weapons and will work with
young people to prevent them becoming further involved in
You may feel more comfortable sharing the information
anonymously via Crimestoppers.
What will happen
If a child is suspected (and not necessarily proven) to
be carrying a knife, the police will send a warning
letter to their home. The aim of the letter is to make the
young person think about the impact carrying knives could have
on their life and help them make informed decisions on their future
behaviour. The letter will also offer advice on how to seek
St Helens Youth Justice Service work with children and young
people aged eight to 18 years who have offended, or are
at risk of offending, and help prevent them getting into
further trouble. The team consists of staff from Police,
Probation Service, Health Service, Education and Social Services.
All will work with young people to help them live a crime-free