Are you under pressure to deal drugs or carry a knife, gun or other weapon? Are you already involved in a gang or crime? Are you already carrying a knife?
If so, you may feel like your life is out of control, like you're constantly looking over your shoulder and that there's no way out. You might think it'll be worse trying to get out of a gang and that you need to carry a weapon for protection.
The truth is, it's more dangerous to keep going as you are. But you're here looking for help, which is a really good start and there are many organisations and charities who want to help you.
What can you do?
There's lots of help and support out there.
If you're scared for your safety talk to someone – a parent, teacher, youth worker or a police officer for example. No one wants to see you get hurt.
If you don't feel as though you can talk to your parents, a teacher or the police, then talk to a professional in confidence. ChildLine could be your first call on 0800 1111 – their counsellors can support young people 24 hours a day.
The police care about young people and would always prefer to prevent crime rather than detect it as this means something has happened to someone. They never want to see a young person hurt or in trouble if it can be prevented. They will always help if someone feels threatened, frightened or they think they are at risk of harm.
Forever knife amnesty bins
We have introduced Forever Amnesty bins, providing members of the public the chance to dispose of any knives anonymously with no questions asked. These bins are available year-round and are located at the following police stations:
Radford Road Police Station, NG7 5GX
Mansfield Police Station, NG18 2HQ
Newark Police Station, Newark NG24 1LJ
What else can you do?
Weapons – if you don't take it with you, it won't be used
Ignore taunts or call-outs on social media.
While walking away is often the hardest thing to do, it's the safest and won't get you into trouble with the police – staying alive to take care of your family and reach your potential has to be worth it. See the bigger picture.
Fearless also offers advice and guidance; there is also a page where you can pass on information about crime anonymously.
The Prince’s Trust can help provide support and opportunities for young people, particularly young people who are moving away from gangs and crime. They have helped thousands of young people.
Always dial 999 if you are worried someone is at risk. The police are there to help and keep you safe.
HashtagNG is an independent online youth network and resource for young people and their families in Nottingham city and county. It addresses the growing pressure amongst some young people to become involved in violent crime.
Have you been the victim of knife crime?
If it's an emergency, and you still feel like you're in danger you need to call 999 now.
If you don't want to make the call to the police or report it online, perhaps speak to someone like a parent or teacher – they can make the call for you.
You also don't have to talk to the police if you don't want to. You could call Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Your call will be treated in the strictest of confidence – you do not need to give your name, and your call will not be traced.
If you've been threatened but not injured it is still a matter for the police and must be reported for your own safety.