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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.


You might join a gang:


Support for young people involved in gangs


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

Online chat 



24-hour helpline: 0808 800 5000

Text 88858  



0808 16 89 111


You & Co youth programme - Coping with the effects of crime together