Are you worried you may be involved in a gang?
The NSPCC has launched a new animation about how to protect
young people involved in gangs. Click here to watch
Worried that your child may be involved in
Parents worried about their children
getting involved in gangs can seek support from a telephone
helpline, set up by a children's charity. The
NSPCC, who is running the service through its
existing helpline number believes that one in six children
aged 13-15 knows someone in a gang.
Anyone who has concerns about a child or wants advice can
contact the NSPCC free by calling 0808 800
The Home Office believe that the helpline
will "empower parents". The anonymous telephone
line forms part of the government's
Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme, and will be in
operation 24 hours a day.
NSPCC staff have been specially trained to deal
with calls from parents and young people who are worried about
The NSPCC says that "Young
people involved in gangs are frequently abused, exploited and put
in dangerous situations. Children are often terrified of
what they are doing and want to leave gangs and adults have an
incredibly important role to play in helping them to break
The Government has also issued this
advice to parents and carers on gangs.