From today, anyone worried about a young person involved in, or at risk from, a gang can get advice and support from an NSPCC helpline.
According to the NSPCC, 1 in 6 young people aged between 13 and 15 say they know someone in a gang. Being involved with a gang can put young people in dangerous situations, making them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Recognising that many adults are concerned about the impact of gangs on children and young people, NSPCC have launched the helpline service which uses the same number as the existing NSPCC helpline – 0808 800 5000.
The NSPCC website – www.nspcc.org.uk – has also been updated to include information for adults on why young people join gangs and the signs to look out for if you are concerned a young person might be involved with one.