99% of young people in England and Wales live knife free. A
small minority believe that carrying a weapon makes them feel
safer, however in reality it may lead them into more dangerous
situations or to a criminal record.
Making the wrong decisions now could affect your whole
life. Having a criminal record could affect your chance of
gaining a place at college or university. You would not be able to
get a VISA to enter some countries such as the USA. Most
companies refuse to insure a driver with a criminal conviction,
making it very expensive to drive.
Sometimes friends or peer groups try to put pressure on others
to carry a knife. Remember the large majority of people choose not
to carry a knife, it is normal to just walk away and protect
yourself from harm.
If you or somebody you know is feeling threatened or have
decided to carry a knife please speak to a trusted adult, like
a teacher, who will be able to support you. There are also some
useful links opposite, that offer support and advice, particularly