Week 2 - Knife Facts and The Bystander Approach

These interactive videos are where you will learn the facts about knife crime in black and white. You’ll hear from someone who knows all the right answers for all the wrong reasons and find out just how sharp you are on knife crime. You'll then use this information to help you become an active bystander. 

What you will need

You will need...

Timing: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • A screen and PC or device to play the video
  • Pen/pencils


Start by...

Introduce the topic by explaining that we are going to watch a series of videos that ask us how well we know the facts on knife crime and the law. (Links in PowerPoint).

You can have different voting areas in the room that people move to or you can do a show of hands. Each video lasts around 1 minute. Play the videos. When a question is asked, see which answer is the most popular and go with it. See where it leads you to as a group and discuss as you go.

Ask the group if they were surprised by any of the facts. Reinforce that it's important to know about the facts, your rights and the law because you never know when you'll be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It's making the right decisions that are important. They've made the right choice just to be part of this group and take part in this activity.

Middle bit...

Ask the group to draw or describe what they think the average person who carries a knife might look like and what their background is. Reveal the correct answer and discuss. Did it surprise anyone? Explain that they might come across a time when someone they know carries a knife or participates in another risk-taking behaviour. Present the following scenario: 


If this was their friend, what would they do? Highlight any answers that identify them as being active bystanders, use this to define the term. 


End by...

Give out the cartoon strip handout and ask learners to create their own example of a scenario where an active bystander steps in to change the outcome of the situations. Share these with the group and discuss how it only takes one person to stop and take action for others to follow. 

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