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Gangs & Young People

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.

Why Young People join Gangs

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.

How can you help a child involved in a gang?

The LB of Waltham Forest has funded a Gangs Prevention Programme (GPP) for a number of years  .  The GPP offered helpful support and advice to young people and their families whether they are a victim of a gang, a perpetrator of gang violence or both.

If your child or family requires additional support around the area of gangs, please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Leads at Belmont Park School via the school office.  We will do work with you to help your family support and guidance asap.

If you would prefer to ask for help anonymously, please  the NSPCC using the information given below.

NSPCC helpline

Call us or email

0808 800 5000