Children and young people may be involved with gangs, know friends of family in a gang or be the victim of violence or be pressured into actions they don’t want to do. This can include stealing, carrying illegal items (such as drugs or weapons), being abused or exploited and consequences if they want to leave.

As a parent, you may be the first person to notice something different about you child. Despite there being no definitive signs that a child has joined a gang, there are some things to look out for:

  • missing from school or home
  • getting into trouble more frequently and without explanation
  • possessing items that they cannot afford
  • unexplained injuries
  • noticeably more secretive
  • returning to home late without explanation of why
  • spending time with other people that are not known to you (could be older or younger)

If you need further advice or support, please contact the NSPCC hotline or visit their site for further information

NSPCC – 0808 800 5000