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Gangs and Young People

The vast majority of young people in Brent are not involved in gangs and want nothing to do with them. However, the behaviour of the small number of young people who are involved has an impact on communities, on their families and associates, as well as themselves. 

Children and young people involved with or on the edges of gangs might be victims of violence or they might be pressured into crime. They might be abused, exploited or put into dangerous situations.

For some young people, being part of a gang makes them feel part of a group so they might not want to leave. If they do want to leave or attempt to leave, the process can be complex. They might be frightened about what will happen to them, their friends or their family if they leave.


More information
A pan-London programme that helps young people who are at high risk of becoming victims of gang violence.
Offers support, advice and legal representation for young people in difficulty, involved in or at risk of being involved in gangs.
Call 0800 032 9538 - supports to young men and women involved in gang culture.

Helpline - call 0808 800 5000 or email - professional counsellors can offer help, advice and support.

Childline - call 24-hour helpline 0800 1111 - if you want to get out of a gang or need to talk to someone. All calls are free and confidential.



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