Graphic images of knife crime victims were shown to sixth-formers in a bid to put them off becoming involved in street violence.
Students at the Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy were also told about the devastating impact stabbings have on victims’ families as well as being taught self-defence tips.
DHA worked in partnership with Studio Combat Academy in delivering the sessions as part of their Youth Central project.
Police powers and legal issues with carrying weapons as well as first aid workshops also made up the workshops.
The sessions were organised by Kathryn Doar, project and training co-ordinator at the Ilkeston charity Direct Help and Advice, which delivers activities and training to all ages across the community.
Kathryn said: “The workshops highlight the horrific injuries caused from knife attacks and the dangers of carrying knives.
“The sessions aim to deter individuals from carrying or using a knife, preventing unnecessary harm and equipping young people to handle conflict positively and avoid confrontation.”
Student Alisha Surridge, 16, said: “I didn’t realise you can do more damage by removing a knife than leaving it in a person who has been stabbed.”