Being involved with gangs can wreck a young person’s childhood and potentially ruin – or even end – their life. Parents and carers have an important role and responsibility in helping young people stay safe from gangs and to help them to exit. There are concerns that too many children are being drawn into gangs and need adults to intervene and help them – but that there aren’t enough services out there aimed at adults.
The NSPCC can help parents, carers, relatives, professionals or any other adult who may be worried about a child or young person affected by gang related activity – whatever their level of involvement. You can contact the NSPCC’s free 24/7 helpline for advice, support and information. It’s free and you don’t have to say who you are. Call us for free on 0808 800 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org text 88858 or online nspcc.org.uk/help
Further information is available on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/gangs
The Home Office have also produced leaflets for parents and schools and colleges:
- Leaflet for parents https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/211573/Advice_to_parents_and_carers_on_gangs_v13_single_page__2_.pdf]
- Leaflet for schools and colleges https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/226293/Advice_to_Schools_and_Colleges_on_Gangs.pdf]