Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced new Knife Crime Prevention Orders, giving police more powers to tackle knife crime.
This includes cracking down on children as young as 12 who - if found with a blade -could face social media bans, curfews, knife awareness courses, or up to two years’ prison time.
This will be imposed on people who are habitual offenders and have prior convictions for knife-related incidents.
On Good Morning Britain, Policing Minister Nick Hurd said this initiative “is part of a bigger picture”.
“Yes to more officers, yes to more powers to police… but robust law enforcement’s got to be balanced with critical long-term work in communities, working with young people to support them in the choices they make.”
However, Alison Cope, the mother of a stabbing victim, says she doesn’t believe this is enough to curb knife crime.
“The saddest thing about this situation is we’re not going to stop young people being killed because we’re leaving it too late.
“We need young people to understand there are major consequences to carrying a knife.”
Rachel Webb also lost her son Kyron to a knife stabbing in 2017.
On Good Morning Britain, she said: “We’ve got to look at the reasons why children are carrying knives.”
She said “the exposure young people have to traumatic knife crimes” could be behind the reason why they carry knives, as they feel unsafe.