London Needs You Alive

London Needs You Alive

Knives aren't keeping us safe. Help us carry a new message.

We want every young Londoner to be safe.

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There’s loads of great things going on in your city.

You could learn to kayak, act in a play, do a dance master class, volunteer, play sports and much more.


What's happening in my area?

Get help

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:

I know someone carrying a knife, what do I do?

It's never too late to get help if you're worried about gun and knife crime, or are involved with it already. You could talk to your teacher, another adult you trust or Childline.

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 anonymously online at 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.

Will I get arrested if I hand in a knife?

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.

Find a knife bin.

I’ve been affected by knife crime and need help dealing with this – can someone help me?

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.


I don’t feel safe, where can I go?

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.

Get involved

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.

  • Using music

    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."

    Listen to Cerose's rap.

  • Shaping futures

    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

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