Parental engagement a key part of fight against knife crime: NSW HSU boss

  • Published April 19, 2024

Sky News Australia, 19 April 2024

New South Wales Health Services Union Secretary Gerard Hayes says a heightened level of engagement from parents is part of the fight against youth knife crime.

Mr Hume’s remarks echo calls for an increase in knife penalties in Sydney, following two brutal attacks in the city in the space of a few days.

Reports suggest police are considering going as far as imposing sanctions for parents who allow their children to possess knives.

“The parents that are engaging are helping their children,” Mr Hayes told Sky News Australia.

“Preventing them from doing these things or raising that alarm.

“Having some level of engagement that can highlight these issues proactively will go a long way."