Schools in Liverpool are beginning the school year with a series of special assemblies focusing on knife crime, the dangers of carrying a knife and how we can all keep safe.
Working in partnership with Merseyside Police and LASH- Liverpool Association of Secondary Heads, the City Council has developed a specialised assembly as part of the #NoMoreKnives project. This is part of a holistic approach to tackling knife crime and ensuring the young people of Liverpool fully understand and appreciate the consequences of choosing to carry a knife.
All secondary schools will receive the assembly and is part of a collective city-wide response. Our partners Merseyside Police have a number of new mobile knife arches that can be used as part of presentations in schools, due to availability.
Liverpool City Council is continuing to actively work with, bars and licensees, retailers, youth and community groups and campaigners.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said; “The #NoMoreKnives campaign is hugely important to the City and the people who live here. We are absolutely committed to ensuring the young people of our city remain safe and learn the dangers of carrying a knife, while working with them on this important issue
Showing the devastation and impact that knife crime can have on families, schools and whole communities is a focus for us but we also need to make sure our children aware of the very serious consequences of carrying a knife and the impact this can have on the rest of their lives. I know young people of the city are also concerned about knives and the impact they have on their friends and social circles. That’s why this campaign is so important for our city.”
Superintendent Louise Harrison, the force lead on knife crime said; “Merseyside Police is committed to working with partners to tackle the issue of knife crime.
“We believe it’s really important that the consequences of carrying and using a knife are made clear to everyone – especially young people – and that by going into schools and reaching young people at the earliest stages will have the greatest impact.
“We want to reach out to our young people and challenge the perception that carrying a knife is somehow socially acceptable and through education and family engagement we hope we can help tackle the fears or peer pressure that may drive young people to carry knives.”
Representing Liverpool Association of Secondary Heads, David Hayes added; ”All schools take safeguarding very seriously and in particular educating our young people in staying safe. We are pleased to be supporting our partners across the city with a strategic awareness campaign. By supporting this agenda isn’t a case of there being knife issues in schools, rather we are very clear that anyone could be a victim and as such we are committed to ensuring our young people are fully educated around the issue.”