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Here are the resources we found for gangs for young people:
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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 girl visits her boyfriend, who is in a gang and has purchased a gun. In order in “keep other people in line”, the girl takes the gun home with her. The bully and her gang confront the girl and her two friends, a fight breaks out and the gun falls out of a bag onto the floor. A standoff takes place, the gun goes off, but the wrong person is killed.
Twin Track is a teen drama about grooming for radicalisation and gang culture. It was created by the young people of the charity Integrate Bristol. The video explores the lives of two young women who live very different lives; one is becoming a radicalised Muslim while the other is being pressured into gang life.
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.
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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.
The Trap UK
Young people from across three boroughs of West London came together to produce an educational resource that challenges misconceptions and explodes myths surrounding ‘victimless’ crimes. The Trap was the result. Two powerful films that explore the impact of street drug dealing and knife carrying on individuals and their communities. Their message is loud and clear: There is no such thing as a victimless crime. Everyone gets hurt in the process.
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.
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.