Knife crime and gun crime

Has your child been a victim of knife or gun crime?

If your child has been the victim of this type of crime, and has been seriously injured or worse, you are now probably going through grief that most people will never experience.

If you have not already been contacted by victim support, you may wish to go to or call 0845 30 30 900.

How can you help?

You should report it to the police if they've not already been notified. Visit your local police station or speak to your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. If it's an emergency and you feel your child is still under threat, you should call 999.

Find the best way to contact us here.

Report it

If you feel unable to talk to the police, you could contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. (You don't have to give your name and your call will not be traced).

Helping your child

Depending on what type of incident they've been involved in, your child - and the rest of your family - may be experiencing many types of emotion:

  • fear
  • anger
  • denial (pretending it didn't happen)
  • pain
  • loneliness
  • depression

They probably need you more than ever. It's important to be there for them.

Is it part of a something bigger?

If you think there might be more to it than a one-off incident and that maybe them being threatened or injured by a weapon has something to do with them being bullied, take a look at our bullying pages. Either get the facts about bullying, or for more detailed info on how you can actually help them read ‘Are you worried your child is being bullied?‘

There are trained professionals who can offer confidential help, advice and counselling support for you and your child. See ‘More help and advice‘. Encourage your child to speak to ChildLine on 0800 1111 if you feel you are unable to give them the help they might need.

What if it they've been seriously injured or worse?

Knife or gun crime injuries can be severe. If they've been seriously injured or died as a result of their injuries the police will be doing all they can to investigate the incident and find the person responsible. Perhaps you also need help getting over such a terrible experience or you're worried it might happen to you. You need help and support.

Getting more help

For more information about knife and gun crime visit our ‘Get the facts’ or ‘More help and advice’ pages.

For other related topics take a look at our other sections on bullying and gangs and group violence.