Knives aren't keeping us safe. Help us carry a new message.
If you've got a problem, or you're worried about a friend, remember it's never too late to ask for help. You can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 anonymously 24/7. If it's an emergency, a crime is being committed or someone is in danger always dial 999:
Google your local youth club or community centre as they may run projects that are geared towards stopping gun crime, and you could get involved.
You can call Childline on 0800 1111 at any time if you're worried about your own safety or if you think someone you know is carrying or even using a gun or knife.
You can also contact fearless.org anonymously online at www.fearless.org/en for more information about gun and knife crime and the law. Or, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you want to report a crime that has already happened.
Don't be afraid to be strong and do the right thing.
There is no excuse for carrying a knife in a public place unless you are depositing it as part of a knife surrender.
If you are stopped and a police officer suspects that the knife has been used in a criminal offence, you may have to answer questions regarding how you came to have it.
For more information also contact Childline.
There is support out there for you.
A number of websites will provide you with further information:
Or you could speak to your teacher, youth worker or an adult who you trust. Victim Support also has a national website aimed at young victims of crime, which provides information and resources.
If you don't feel safe in any situation you should leave/run and then tell someone why you have left.
Go to a nearby home of somebody you trust, a relative or friend, youth/community group, police station or local government building i.e. town hall, where you will be safe.
Also speak to your school or safer schools officer who can help you find a safe route to and from school.
Young Londoners are doing incredible things to spread the London Needs You Alive message. Below are four examples of how these passionate young people are making a difference in our city.
Musician Cerose was set a challenge to create a rap based on gun and knife crime and the #LondonNeedsYouAlive message.
"As a pioneer in UK hip hop and a reformed criminal, I was happy to use my talents to send a positive message to youngsters in words they can understand."
Waltham Forest College students are being taught how to stay safe and away from youth violence.
The college, which takes pupils as young as 14, has been using the Mayor's London Needs You Alive message to raise awareness of the dangers of violent crime.
Advising the Mayor
Rising star Jesse Bryan is a member of City Hall youth forum Lynk Up Crew (LUC), acting as a young advisor to the Mayor. Jesse, along with other LUC members, discuss the issues affecting young Londoners.
Jesse won the Princess Diana Award in 2016 as a result of his engagement with the LUC. Find out what else this 14 year old has achieved so far.
Inspiring young people
Students from the Phil Edwards Pupil Referral Unit in Croydon created an award-winning presentation for Year-6 pupils to influence and inspire young people to tackle gangs and gang violence.
- Using music
- Shaping futures
- Advising the Mayor
- Inspiring young people