Getting support

If you’re worried about your child’s safety, what they could be getting into or about safety in your area, the important thing to remember is you’re not alone.

 

There are many organisations that can provide support and advice on knife crime and knife crime prevention.

Crimestoppers

If you suspect someone is carrying a knife or other offensive weapon or have information about a crime, you can report it safely and anonymously to Crimestoppers. Call:

0800 555 111

at any time or visit the Crimestoppers website

Help in your local area

Contact your local authority for a list of local parenting groups and organisations that can offer advice. For links to all Scotland’s local authority websites, please visit the Scottish Government’s local authority links page.

Families can help each other

Speak to the families of your child’s friends. If you’re worried, chances are they have concerns about their child too. Working together can be a valuable way to look out for each other and help keep your children safe.

Parentline

Parentline Scotland offers free and impartial advice to parents across Scotland on any issues of concern. Calls to Parentline are free from landlines (mobile charges may vary). Lines are open 9am to 10pm weekdays and from 12 noon to 8pm at weekends. Call:

08000 28 22 33

or email parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk

Parenting Across Scotland (PAS)

Parenting across Scotland is a partnership of charities which offers support to children and families in Scotland.

Visit the Parenting Across Scotland website

Talking about alcohol

Alcohol and violence can often be linked. Learn about the risks of underage drinking and get tips on how to talk to your child about it.

Visit drinkaware.co.uk

You can get more practical tips and advice for talking to your child about alcohol in this downloadable guide.

Download the ‘You, your child and alcohol’ parents guide.

RespectMe

The website of Scotland’s anti-bullying service has useful information for parents and other adults on things to do if a child is being bullied.

Visit the RespectMe adults’ pages

Fearless

A site where young people can get non-judgemental advice about crime. Site users can also give information on crime, including knife crime, 100% anonymously and safely via a secure online form.

Visit the Fearless website

Live Life Safe

For practical tips on personal safety on the streets visit the Live Life Safe website

The Spark

If you’re experiencing relationship difficulties within your family, The Spark can provide relationship counselling for parents and children

Counselling Directory

For a comprehensive guide to counselling services in your area visit Counselling Directory

Real life stories

Parents’ stories

Read how parents across Scotland cope with knife crime and its effects.

 

 

 

 

Helplines

If you’re worried and would like to talk to someone contact:

 

PARENTLINE

Speak to or email someone about any worry, any time.

08000 28 22 23

 

CRIMESTOPPERS

Give information on crime anonymously and safely.

0800 555 111

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