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Gun and Knife Crime Resource eBook

Gun & Knife Crime Resource Guide

Getting Real with Guns and Knives

‘Getting Real with Guns and Knives’ is an information-packed book designed as an invaluable resource for teachers, parents and the local community looking to educate their children and students about the reality of knife crime and gun crime on the UK’s streets. ‘Getting Real with Guns and Knives’ is an equally useful tool for parents, community leaders and young people themselves.

Supporting Teachers in Delivering Knife Crime and Gun Crime Awareness

The book starts with an introduction from author Letise Sampson who talks about his own experiences growing up in north-west London and the profound effect they had on his life. It then moves on to raising awareness of the vast and complex topic of weapons and youth violence, covering the area in breadth and depth.

The final part of the book focuses on tactics and strategies, looking carefully at what has worked in the past and making suggestions about tackling gun crime and knife crime more effectively.

Getting Real with Guns & Knives Publication

Getting Real with Guns and Knives: Weapon Crime Reduction – A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community’ is a 2020 Rising publication focused on raising awareness about the history, causes, legal implications and potential solutions to knife and gun crime.

Most people understand that carrying a knife represents a serious threat to life and liberty. Yet too many young people still make the decision to carry one.

Youths and adults alike are sometimes exposed to myths about knives and guns so it is important that everyone keeps themselves fully informed. For example, did you know that:

  • It is illegal to sell a knife of any kind to anyone under the age of 18 (except in Scotland where cutlery and kitchen knives are allowed)
  • It is illegal to buy, sell or carry a firearm without a licence
  • It is illegal to buy or sell an imitation firearm to anyone under the age of 18
  • It is illegal to carry a knife in public without good reason unless the blade is 3 inches or shorter and it is not a banned type (e.g. a Swiss army knife is allowed)
  • Examples of banned knives include zombie knives, disguised knives, stealth knives and swords. It is illegal for anyone to buy, sell or carry these
  • Self-protection is never deemed a good reason to carry a knife
  • It is illegal to use any knife – even a legal one – in a threatening manner

Getting Real with Guns and Knives,’ will equip readers with up to date information, research findings and the details of various weapon crime strategies.

All 2020 Rising publications are also designed to be hands-on and practical. Teachers and parents will find plenty of activities, discussion points and real life case studies (both uplifting and harrowing) to help them to engage with their students and children.

Topics include:

  • The impact of weapon crime on physical and mental health
  • Peer influence and weapon use
  • The effects of social media and video games
  • The role of the police and government in tackling knives and guns
  • Borough wars and the postcode trap
  • Risk perception and reassuring communities
  • The reasons why youths carry knives
  • Predicting youth violence
  • Measuring outcomes of anti-weapon strategies
  • Knife and gun law through time
  • Trap and drill music: a cause or a symptom?
  • The link between drug trafficking and weapons use
  • County lines operations
  • History of knife crime in the United Kingdom
  • Better together: why we need multi-agency strategies
  • The need for school and family initiatives
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Violent behaviour and youth culture

This in-depth resource is a valuable addition to any anti-weapon program you may be running in your school, youth institution or community group. You can download a paid copy here:

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Order Your Copy “Getting Real With Guns and Knives” Now for Instant Access ONLY – £17.99 or Hard Copy for £21.99

Getting Real With Guns and Knives ebook

2020 Dreams Gun Crime and Knife Crime Training Packages

‘Getting Real with Guns and Knives’ can be provided as part of the 2020 Dreams Gun and Knife Crime Awareness INSET and PTA Training package. The many activities, discussion points and case studies form a handy set of tools for enriching your own workshops and lessons.

We also recommend this unique resource as a purchase alongside our Gun and Knife Crime Workshops, enabling you to expand upon the workshop content in future lessons, reinforcing the key message and helping young people to make the decision not to carry weapons.

*Price and offers were accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change.

For more information about our programs please email us at or call 0800 4714983.

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