Young people

We're here to help you stay safe from fear and violence, and give you the support you need to make positive life choices.

Are you carrying, have carried or thinking about carrying a knife?

If you carry a knife you’re more likely to use it, and face the consequences

If the situation is urgent, call 999

For non-emergencies you can call 101, and anonymously report crimes online via Crimestoppers and Fearless.
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Do you know someone who carries a knife or is thinking about it?

Understand how to safely intervene in a situation when someone you know is carrying a knife

If the situation is urgent, call 999

For non-emergencies you can call 101, and anonymously report crimes online via Crimestoppers and Fearless.
Report anonymously to FearlessMore help and support

Want to know more about knife crime in Scotland and how it affects young people like you?

Learn more

Resources to help you understand more about how to keep yourself and others safe, make good choices and navigate difficult and potentially violent situations.

Sam's story

As part of our youth violence campaign in Scotland, we spoke to Lynn Burns. Lynn’s son Sam was murdered in Ayrshire in 2013 and died from a single stab wound to his chest.

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Amanda’s story

Amanda was 18 when she was charged and sentenced to 22 months in Cornton Vale Prison for possession of a knife.

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Lisa's story

Influenced by drink and drugs, Lisa spiralled into a life of violence and knife crime. As a result she lost care of her son and spent time in prison.

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John's story

John began carrying a knife at 16 after an assault. He ended up in and out of young offenders institutes and was seriously injured in fights.

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Learn more about knife crime?

Want an Insight into Your Wellbeing??

In May the No Knives Better Lives Team and YouthLink Scotland Staff trained in the amazing Insight to Wellbeing curriculum.

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NKBL VR Game now Launched!

Over three years ago we had the idea to create a virtual reality game that explore the issue of youth violence and the circumstances that can lead young people to pick up and use a weapon

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Imagine a Man: What is it like to be a boy or young man in Scotland in 2021?

In 2021 as part of the No Knives, Better Lives programme, YouthLink Scotland explored what it is like to be a boy or young man in Scotland today. The purpose of the research was to develop and deepen our understanding of how young people feel about masculinity and growing up. Lots of young people took […]

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