Best Practice

Talking to pupils about knife crime

In the final part of her series on the knife crime epidemic among young people, Karen Sullivan proffers some solutions for society and looks at the role of schools

In my last two articles for SecEd, we have looked at the incidence and some of the causes of the burgeoning threat of knife crime (December and November 2018).

As I write, another child – this time 14-years-old – has been killed on London’s streets. And while schools cannot bear the brunt of responsibility for this ever-more insidious violence, we can take steps to address some of the factors that may be at its root, and help to drive home the message that there are other ways to resolve disputes.

First and foremost, don’t be afraid to instigate your own “stop and search” on the premises. Make parents and carers aware that you will be undertaking this.

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