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Crime - Key Stage 3&4

Resources, guidelines and articles

The justice system of England and Wales

Getting Court - a resource produced by the Health and Wellbeing team in association with the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. A lesson pack to educate about the workings of the Crown Court in England and Wales. The pack includes details of how to get involved with the Crown Court visits through the scheme.

The Sexualisation of Young People - an article by an eminent psychologist, Linda Papadopoulos

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales who promote greater consistent sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and aims to increase public understanding of sentencing.

Cifas - Anti Fraud Education Lesson Plans

Anti-Fraud Education by Cifas’ is a set of four free lesson plans for secondary schools that focus on awareness of fraud, common scams, identity theft and money mules.

Cifas is the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, helping to protect individuals and organisations from fraud and financial crime. They have identified an increasing number of young people affected by fraud, either being targeted by online fraudsters or unwittingly engaging in fraudulent acts themselves.


Fearless from Knife Crime 

The ‘Fearless from Knife Crime’ session was created following the 28% increase in the possession of weapons within Gloucestershire for 2015. The project was aimed at addressing the problem of knife crime in the medium and long term in Gloucestershire by engaging, informing and educating young people in Year 8 (12-13 year olds) about the risks and consequences of knife crime activities whilst promoting local services available to them (including the anonymous reporting service available on 

Fearless increases the impact of the sessions for young people by including real life stories that young people can relate to and see first-hand the consequences that their actions could have from the mentors resulting in life changing sessions.

Fearless from knife crime stats for schools  


#Knifefree lesson plans PSHE

Using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion, our PSHE education lesson plans set out to help challenge the myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife. We wanted to remind those who haven’t yet used the materials that they can be downloaded (free) from our site, and encourage anyone who has used them to complete a quick survey.   Have you used the #knifefree lesson plans? If so, we and the Home Office would really welcome your feedback. Their short feedback survey will help to establish how and where the materials have been used, and how to develop and build on the #knifefree activities in schools.

If you’ve not yet used the materials then a reminder that these free lessons — one for key stage 3 and one for key stage 4 — are designed to inform young people of the consequences of carrying a knife and inspire them to pursue positive alternatives, using real life stories of young people’s experiences as a basis. Accompanying teacher guidance will help you plan the lessons into your PSHE curriculum safely and effectively.   Well-planned and delivered PSHE education provides an ideal context for this learning, as the subject develops knowledge and understanding of key concepts such as risk, identity and power, and skills relating to decision making and managing peer influence. These lessons are therefore best suited for delivery alongside topics exploring personal safety or gang crime.

The lessons aim to help students to:

  • Recognise and evaluate the risks of carrying a knife
  • Challenge common misconceptions about knife crime
  • Develop strategies to manage peer influence to carry a knife

Explore how young people can choose to live knife-free and achieve their potential PSHE Association Subject Specialist Jenny Fox says: “The #knifefree PSHE lessons are designed to challenge inaccurate perceptions about knife crime and help young people develop the confidence to resist pressure to carry knives. The lessons take an interactive approach using young people’s real life stories. Accompanying guidance will support teachers to introduce this topic using safe and effective practice. We encourage PSHE professionals and other staff to use these lessons to raise awareness of this important issue.”

Useful websites

Fearless - The importance of using your voice to report crime

Disrespect NoBody - Information about abuse, consent and more

Knifecrimes - an entire website devoted to knife crime in the UK


Media  Smart - Piracy: What's the big deal? Free KS3 lesson

This free, innovative, film-based lesson from Media Smart will support key stage 3 students to learn about the impact of illegal downloading and streaming (also known as piracy).

Piracy: What’s the big deal? is designed to increase students’ understanding and awareness of the legal and social issues around accessing film and TV content illegally online. Using interactive materials — including a short film featuring influencers and TV presenters — the resource explores the consequences of online piracy for both the media industry as a whole and for individuals. It will support students to reflect on their values, raise awareness and suggest alternative approaches to accessing content.

This free-to-download lesson will help your students to:

  • Identify what piracy and copyright are.
  • Explain how online piracy affects the TV and film industry.
  • Evaluate the personal risks involved in accessing film and TV content illegally

This lesson will support schools to meet the statutory requirements for the content identified in the ‘Internet safety and harms’ and ‘Online and media’ sections.

Download 'Piracy: What's the big deal?'


Home Office: 'Preventing Involvement in Serious and Organised Crime' KS3 lesson plans awarded PSHE Association Quality Mark


We are pleased to award our Quality mark to 'Preventing Involvement in Serious and Organised Crime' — two free lesson plans and teacher guidance from the Home Office designed to prevent young people becoming involved in serious and organised crime.

The Year 7 lesson will help students to recognise unsafe or coercive friendships. The Year 9 lesson explores the impact of serious and organised crime directly, including the example of young people involved in drugs supply with a focus on county lines (transporting drugs across counties).
PSHE education provides an ideal context for this learning, as it develops the ability to make decisions, assess risk, recognise manipulation and use effective exit strategies.
These lessons aim to help students: 

  • identify the features of coercive or unsafe friendships
  • recognise what serious and organised crime is and its consequences
  • explain how and why some people might become involved in serious and organised crime, including manipulation techniques
  • assess the risks involved in serious and organised crime
  • develop skills to seek support

Please note that these materials are not designed for home learning, but are for use in a classroom setting.

Download the lessons and teacher guidance


Tackling knife crime

 New lesson plan for KS4
We have worked with PSHE experts and the National Centre for Diversity to create this brand new lesson for KS4 students. The lesson uses our award winning and BAFTA nominated film, Life Sentence

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Teaching resources
We know we can't tackle knife crime on our own. Watch our short new film to see how our free teaching resources can help you to tackle knife crime in your area
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Knife Crime Toolkit Index

This toolkit is designed for professionals to use with children and young people who are at risk of carrying or using a 
knife. It can be used by staff in Youth Offending Teams for young people on court orders or prevention programmes, and 
by youth workers, Early Help and other social care officers, teachers and school staff and staff in secure settings. It has 
been designed by BraveSpace, the youth justice consultancy, in partnership with young people and staff from Hackney, 
Hammersmith and Fulham and Lewisham; and with the graphic design skills of young people from Haringey and 
Islington engaging with Wipers Youth project. It has been delivered for the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and 
Crime, as part of the Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy.
This product is designed as a toolkit – a suite of intervention sessions from which professionals can select those which 
apply to the needs and circumstances of individual young people. All of the sessions can be adapted for use in one to one 
or group settings, as applicable. Text which is italicised forms advice for staff on delivery of the session. The toolkit also 
references a number of videos which can be used to enhance learning.
As with all resources for group and one-to-one work dealing with violence, care should be taken in planning these 
sessions. Tailoring the material to your local context and participants, and using appropriate challenges where needed, 
will reinforce the positive outcomes of this work.

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