Gang crime and youth violence

Spotting the signs that a young person is being drawn into gang is a key element to prevention.

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Gang crime and youth violence

Gang crime and youth violence

Criminal gangs target vulnerable children and young people and groom them into engaging in criminal activities. Some signs to look for include:

  • truancy from school
  • associating  with older people or gang members
  • a  decline in school performance
  • changes in emotional wellbeing
  • evidence of drug or alcohol use
  • unexplained  increase in money or new clothes you did not buy

We encourage people to tell us if they have suspicions that their child or the child of a neighbour, family member or friend has been recruited by a gang.

Please report any concerns by calling us on 01923 776611. You can also contact Hertfordshire County Council children’s social care on 0300 123 4043. The information you provide is anonymous.

For further help and advice, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Fearless.