We have been approached by Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council to increase awareness of the dangers and risks of carrying a knife.

There work is part of the #DitchTheBlade multi-agency campaign which encourages everyone to talk about this topic to show that it’s not socially acceptable to carry a knife for any reason.

We have been asked to circulate their joint letter to flag up this serious issue. It can be viewed here.

Stacey Walsh, Assistant Headteacher, said: “99% of young people aged 10-29 do not carry a blade but the small minority that do put themselves and others at serious risk. We all know that our local community is reflective of the wider country and out multi-agency work make sus aware that this a live issue in our locale. We would urge all parents to talk this issue through with the children as part of raising awareness.”

If you have concerns that your child, or any young person you know, may be carrying a knife, you can find advice, real life experiences, and links to support organisations on the Staffordshire Police website: www.staffordshire.police.uk/ditchtheblade