As knife crime grows across the UK, children are becoming increasingly embroiled in this deadly phenomenon. As a parent, it is a difficult conversation to have with your child, but one that is very worthwhile. In this instalment of Stop Knife Crimes, we offer some pointers on how to approach and address the topic with your youngsters.
Implications of Carrying a Knife
Before you start, it’s wise for you to know the law surrounding carrying a knife and knife crimes. Firstly, it’s illegal to carry a knife with any form of intent to use it, albeit defensively. Police and school staff are legally entitled to search anyone they suspect of carrying a knife. If found in possession of a knife, the implications range from being arrested, to struggling to get a job and even being prevented from travelling abroad to some countries.
Strength in Unity
Another key point is to maintain some form of contact with your child’s friends. Their parents may have similar concerns as you and would, more than likely, be willing to work together. If your child is always at their friend’s house, their parents might see more of your child than you do. By working together and maintaining contacts with each other, you can all keep a better eye on your children’s behaviour. The same goes for your child’s classmates at school. Talk to parents and keep in contact with them.
Common Precursors to Knife Crime Involvement
With the phenomenon of knife crime raging for the past decade, certain trends have emerged regarding the motives with which children carry knives. Often it is because they feel threatened and they see the knife as a defensive weapon. Key signs to look out for include your child’s performance at school. Are they doing well? Do they not want to go to school? Have they been a victim of bullying? Maybe they might have a circle of friends older than them. Watch out for these signs, as these are often the tell-tale precursors of knife crime.