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Gangs & Youth Violence


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. Gangs may use a threatening behaviour if they want to encourage other individuals to join them, or if other individuals belong to another gang.


Young people join gangs:



What You Can Do

Know the signs:



Where To Get Help

Always call 999 if immediate risk

Essex police have a dedicated hotline number for parents and carers to report their worries or concerns about potential child exploitation. If you’ve seen something that doesn’t seem right call them on 01245 452058

Gangsline is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture. Click on the icon below to visit the website or contact the confidential helpline on 0800 032 9538

Fearless is a site where young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. The site also acts as a safe place to give information to about crime - 100% anonymously.

Fearless can be contacted 24 hours a day.




Home Office Guidance: Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines Guidance.


SOS Project: The 3 Big Denials of Gangs and Serious Youth Violence Work - Junior Smart



Junior Smart Leaflets:




Training, coaching, prevention: