New knife crime initiative launched today to support parents and carers

Parents and carers in Edinburgh are to receive support and advice as part of a series of events which aims to engage with them if they have concerns about children and the dangers of knife crime.

As part of the No Knives, Better Lives campaign, the Scottish Government has teamed up with ParentLine Scotland, who will have staff and call takers on hand at the events.

They will be offering parents advice on how to talk to their children to prevent their children becoming involved in any risky behaviour such as knife carrying.

These events will take place at:

Morrisons at Waterfront Broadway on Monday 11 March, Tuesday 12 March and Wednesday 13 March from 9am – 5pm

Confidential one-on-one sessions will also be held on:

North Edinburgh Local Offices, 8 West Pilton Gardens on Thursday 14 March from 10am – 6pm

Advice on offer at these events will include signs to look out for, the facts and consequences of carrying a knife, as well as tips for parents on the most effective way of communicating with their child – whether that be talking, listening or sharing their own fears to ensure their child thinks twice before picking up a knife.

Since launching, the focus of the No Knives, Better Lives campaign has primarily been on young people. This parenting initiative seeks to provide support to parents who worry that their child may find themselves caught up in dangerous activities such as carrying a knife.

Councillor Cammy Day, Community Safety Leader for the City of Edinburgh City Council said: “We hope many parents from Edinburgh will take advantage of these events between No Knives, Better Lives and ParentLine Scotland . It’s a great opportunity for parents to seek advice on the best ways of communicating with their children and discourage them becoming involved in any dangerous activities which could jeopardise their safety or get them into trouble.

“The Council takes the issue of knife crime very seriously and supports the No Knives, Better Lives initiative which seeks to improve the lives of those living in our community and make them safer.”

Jill Cook, from ParentLine Scotland , said: “Callers to our helpline already tell us that they are worried about their children being involved in risky behaviour such as alcohol and drugs. They also worry about unsuitable friends, gangs and the threat of knife crime in their community.

“We are delighted to work with No Knives, Better Lives campaign and look forward to meeting parents and carers in Edinburgh .”

Additional information:

As part of the No Knives, Better Lives campaign the Scottish Government has partnered with ParentLine Scotland to encourage parents and carers to talk to their children if they are worried about them getting involved in risky behaviour such as knife carrying.

Since launching, the focus of the No Knives, Better Lives campaign has primarily been on young people. The parenting campaign aims to engage parents who may be concerned about their children and the dangers of knife crime.

This parenting activity was piloted in West Dunbartonshire and North Ayrshire and is now rolled out in Edinburgh and Inverclyde – four of the 10 target areas of the wider No Knives, Better Lives campaign.

Parents in these areas will have the opportunity to talk about any worries or fears they have with ParentLine Scotland staff at No Knives, Better Lives events within local shopping or community centres.

Advice on offer at these events will include signs to look out for, the facts and consequences of carrying a knife as well as tips for parents on communicating with their child – talking, listening and sharing their fears to help ensure they don’t pick up a knife.

Further information can be found here www.noknivesbetterlives.com/parenting

To talk confidentially about any worry or concerns call or email ParentLine Scotland 08000 28 22 33 or ParentLinescotland@children1st.org.uk

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