Talking About Gangs
If you're worried about gangs, it can be difficult to know what to do to help protect young people. Whether they're thinking about joining a gang, are already involved or want to leave, they need help and support.
Children and young people involved with, or on the edges of, gangs might be victims of violence or they might be pressured into doing things like stealing or carrying drugs or weapons. They might be abused, exploited or put into dangerous situations.
For lots of young people, being part of a gang makes them feel part of a family so they might not want to leave. Even if they do, leaving or attempting to leave can be a really scary idea. They might be frightened about what will happen to them, their friends or their family if they leave.
There are lots of reasons why young people feel the pressure to join gangs. They might be bored and looking for excitement or feel attracted to the status and power it can give them. They might join due to peer pressure, money or family problems. Gang membership can also make a child feel protected and that they belong.
County lines and criminal exploitation
You may be worried about county lines and the impact it's having on your family and community. The NSPCC have information on reporting grooming and criminal exploitation and support for familes, children and young people. The Children's Society have advice for parents and worried adults.
How can you help a child involved in a gang?
Support groups and specialist agencies such as St Giles Trust, Safer London Foundation, and One Big Community can help. Contact the NSPCC's helpline for details of organisations near you.
Suggest your children call Childline
Call NSPCC helpline
For more advice about how to help, which is specific to your child's situation, you can get in touch with the NSPCC's helpline.
All information taken directly from the NSPCC website; https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/gangs-young-people/