A street gang is a group of individuals or close friends identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent behaviour or other types of criminal activity.
They might carry knives or other weapons and use them either to show off or to threaten people. They might try and get you involved with them and what they do – or threaten to hurt you if you don’t join them, or if you belong to another gang.
You might join a gang:
Gangsline - Confidential helpline: 0800 032 9538
Outreach support to young men and women, works to promote organisations and individuals in a community working together to tackle gang culture, including the rise of child exploitation.
The SOS project (part of St Giles Trust) - advice to young adults who want to get out of gang related activity. This includes Expect Respect - a specialist service for girls and young women.
Free, 24-hour helpline: 0800 1111
24-hour helpline: 0808 800 5000
0808 16 89 111
You & Co youth programme - Coping with the effects of crime together