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Here are the resources we found for gangs for parents and families:
NSPCC Gangs Helpline – Protecting Young People Involved with Gangs
This video from the NSPCC highlights how young people end up in gangs, how you can notice the signs of young people being in a gang, and what to do if you think a young person you know is in a gang. This video features the stories and testimonials of young people and parents who have been connected to gangs, and their advice on what to do if you find yourself in that situation.
The Real Roots of Youth Violence – Craig Pinkney
Video games and hip hop music often take the rap for inciting violence in the young people, but urban youth specialist and lecturer Craig Pinkney knows that is far from the whole story. Craig shares his experience in engaging disaffected and violent youth, going beyond systems to find the root causes. He also calls for a move from ‘not my problem’, to a dealing with the issue with much greater community support.
No More Funerals
We are at a point in time where we are burying young people faster than we can bury our elders due to youth violence and gangs. In this passionate speech, Craig Pinkney talks to the Your Life Matters Youth Summit about how social media is now being used to help prosecute crimes, and how social media is also being used to facilitate youth violence.
Base 25 is a young person’s drop in centre based in Wolverhampton city centre. They offer a wide range of advice covering numerous topics including; child sexual exploitation, gangs, anger management, gender based project, young dads work and, counselling.
The Salam Project
The Salam Project runs a number of events and outreach experiences on topics such as gang crime, anti social behaviour, extremism, radicalisation and female hate crimes. They also offer education on more specific topics like female genital mutilation, forced marriages and honour killings.
We Talk to Young People who have been Involved in Gangs
They’ve dealt drugs, carried guns, knives and axes and seen their friends killed and they’re still only teenagers. In this article for The Guardian, Tom de Castella talks to five former gangsters about life – and death – on the city streets.
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No Knives, Better Lives – Information for Young People
A wide range of information, advice, videos and downloads to support young people in their understanding of the risks of carrying a knife. Learn the facts about knife crime in black and white. Watch, learn, then share with others so that no-one is left in the dark about what can happen.
No Knives, Better Lives – Information for Parents and Families
A wide range of information, advice, videos and downloads for parents to support young people in their understanding of the risks of carrying a knife. Includes advice on how to have difficult conversations with young people about knives, video materials and case studies, and links to helplines and sources of support for parents or family members who are worried about a young person.
My Teenager has Joined a Gang
This is a free to access resource, available through the Relate website. This resource gives information to parents and carers in regards to teenagers and gang membership, and is broken down into three sections. The first section discusses why teens join gangs, the second section advises parents about what they can do as a parent. The final section gives the reader links to further help, which includes relate counselling.
Gun and Knife Crime
Gun and knife crime isn’t as common as some people think, but it does happen. Guns and knives can affect everyone, not just people in gangs. This webpage contains information about what you should do if you are involved in gun and knife crime, what would happen if you got caught and how you can avoid gun and knife crime.