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Knife Crime Resources for Young People

“I need to carry a knife to defend myself” … No you don’t! The consequences and dangers of knife carrying are real. Carrying a knife makes it more likely that you’ll be seriously injured or killed, not less. Get caught with a knife, and you face a prison sentence of up to five years. Even if you’re with a friend who is carrying a knife and uses it, you could be in serious trouble. Make good decisions for yourself, your friends, and your family, and choose not to carry.

Explore the resources below for real-life stories of the consequences of carrying a knife, and lots of helpful advice and links.

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Here are the resources we found for knife crime for young people:

EastEnders: Real Life Knife Crime Stories

With knife crime a continuing issue in the UK, BBC Three has produced a series of powerful, short films in collaboration with EastEnders. They uncover the real stories of the families behind the landmark storyline, as we learn of love, loss and the determination not to forget.

Tooled Up For School

A hard-hitting drama created as an educational resource to highlight the issue of knife crime in young people.

Knife Crime Short Film from XLP

A short, powerful film on the impact of knife crime.

Deep It: An award-winning short film on the impact of knife crime

A collaboration between Fully Focused and young people from across West London to bring you a film that looks at the impact of picking up a knife.

#KnifeFree

(Featured resource)Join millions of young people living knife free.  99% of young people in England and Wales live knife free. And, while those that carry often claim to do it to feel safer, carrying a knife can get you into dangerous situations. Even if you can avoid the violence, there are severe emotional, personal and legal consequences that can come from knife carrying. This site will help you get information on knife carrying, its effects, and how to make the right decisions.

No Knives, Better Lives – Information for Young People

A wide range of information, advice, videos and downloads to support young people in their understanding of the risks of carrying a knife. Learn the facts about knife crime in black and white. Watch, learn, then share with others so that no-one is left in the dark about what can happen.

The Trap UK

Young people from across three boroughs of West London came together to produce an educational resource that challenges misconceptions and explodes myths surrounding ‘victimless’ crimes. The Trap was the result. Two powerful films that explore the impact of street drug dealing and knife carrying on individuals and their communities. Their message is loud and clear: There is no such thing as a victimless crime. Everyone gets hurt in the process.

Gun and Knife Crime

Gun and knife crime isn’t as common as some people think, but it does happen. Guns and knives can affect everyone, not just people in gangs. This webpage contains information about what you should do if you are involved in gun and knife crime, what would happen if you got caught and how you can avoid gun and knife crime.

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The Ben Kinsella Trust

The Ben Kinsella Trust tackle knife crime through education and campaigning. The Trust was formed in honour of Ben, who was just 16 years old when he was stabbed to death on the 29th June, 2008 in Islington, London. The Trust provides workshops and resources for young people, parents, and professionals.

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‘My life with Joshua, and what he can teach us all’ – in conversation with Alison Cope

Alison Cope was, and always will be, the proud mum of Joshua Ribera. In 2013, Josh’s musical career as grime artist Depzman had just taken off, with a number one album, and tours of the UK and Europe. In September that year he was murdered in a knife attack outside a night club in Birmingham. He was only 18 years old.

In this podcast, Alison talks to HeadStart about her son, and how she now works with schools and the community to dissuade young people from carrying knives.

EastEnders: Real Life Knife Crime Stories

With knife crime a continuing issue in the UK, BBC Three has produced a series of powerful, short films in collaboration with EastEnders. They uncover the real stories of the families behind the landmark storyline, as we learn of love, loss and the determination not to forget.

Tooled Up For School

A hard-hitting drama created as an educational resource to highlight the issue of knife crime in young people.

Knife Crime Short Film from XLP

A short, powerful film on the impact of knife crime.

#KnifeFree

(Featured resource)Join millions of young people living knife free.  99% of young people in England and Wales live knife free. And, while those that carry often claim to do it to feel safer, carrying a knife can get you into dangerous situations. Even if you can avoid the violence, there are severe emotional, personal and legal consequences that can come from knife carrying. This site will help you get information on knife carrying, its effects, and how to make the right decisions.

No Knives, Better Lives – Information for Young People

A wide range of information, advice, videos and downloads to support young people in their understanding of the risks of carrying a knife. Learn the facts about knife crime in black and white. Watch, learn, then share with others so that no-one is left in the dark about what can happen.

The Trap UK

Young people from across three boroughs of West London came together to produce an educational resource that challenges misconceptions and explodes myths surrounding ‘victimless’ crimes. The Trap was the result. Two powerful films that explore the impact of street drug dealing and knife carrying on individuals and their communities. Their message is loud and clear: There is no such thing as a victimless crime. Everyone gets hurt in the process.

Organisation

The Ben Kinsella Trust

The Ben Kinsella Trust tackle knife crime through education and campaigning. The Trust was formed in honour of Ben, who was just 16 years old when he was stabbed to death on the 29th June, 2008 in Islington, London. The Trust provides workshops and resources for young people, parents, and professionals.

Audio

‘My life with Joshua, and what he can teach us all’ – in conversation with Alison Cope

Alison Cope was, and always will be, the proud mum of Joshua Ribera. In 2013, Josh’s musical career as grime artist Depzman had just taken off, with a number one album, and tours of the UK and Europe. In September that year he was murdered in a knife attack outside a night club in Birmingham. He was only 18 years old.

In this podcast, Alison talks to HeadStart about her son, and how she now works with schools and the community to dissuade young people from carrying knives.

EastEnders: Real Life Knife Crime Stories

With knife crime a continuing issue in the UK, BBC Three has produced a series of powerful, short films in collaboration with EastEnders. They uncover the real stories of the families behind the landmark storyline, as we learn of love, loss and the determination not to forget.

Tooled Up For School

A hard-hitting drama created as an educational resource to highlight the issue of knife crime in young people.

Knife Crime Short Film from XLP

A short, powerful film on the impact of knife crime.

Organisation

The Ben Kinsella Trust

The Ben Kinsella Trust tackle knife crime through education and campaigning. The Trust was formed in honour of Ben, who was just 16 years old when he was stabbed to death on the 29th June, 2008 in Islington, London. The Trust provides workshops and resources for young people, parents, and professionals.

Audio

‘My life with Joshua, and what he can teach us all’ – in conversation with Alison Cope

Alison Cope was, and always will be, the proud mum of Joshua Ribera. In 2013, Josh’s musical career as grime artist Depzman had just taken off, with a number one album, and tours of the UK and Europe. In September that year he was murdered in a knife attack outside a night club in Birmingham. He was only 18 years old.

In this podcast, Alison talks to HeadStart about her son, and how she now works with schools and the community to dissuade young people from carrying knives.

#KnifeFree

(Featured resource)Join millions of young people living knife free.  99% of young people in England and Wales live knife free. And, while those that carry often claim to do it to feel safer, carrying a knife can get you into dangerous situations. Even if you can avoid the violence, there are severe emotional, personal and legal consequences that can come from knife carrying. This site will help you get information on knife carrying, its effects, and how to make the right decisions.

No Knives, Better Lives – Information for Young People

A wide range of information, advice, videos and downloads to support young people in their understanding of the risks of carrying a knife. Learn the facts about knife crime in black and white. Watch, learn, then share with others so that no-one is left in the dark about what can happen.

The Trap UK

Young people from across three boroughs of West London came together to produce an educational resource that challenges misconceptions and explodes myths surrounding ‘victimless’ crimes. The Trap was the result. Two powerful films that explore the impact of street drug dealing and knife carrying on individuals and their communities. Their message is loud and clear: There is no such thing as a victimless crime. Everyone gets hurt in the process.