If you're worried about gangs, it can be difficult to know what to do to help protect young people.
On this page, we provide information on signs to look out for, support groups available for young people and parents/carers as well links to resources for further information and advice.
What is a gang?
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.
Being a victim of gang crime can happen to anyone; to individuals, other gangs or groups, or to whole communities. It often takes place in public areas, and you may or may not know the person or people committing the crime.