Gang Awareness

Many parents are worried about the rise in gang culture and gang related crime in the area.  The following lists may be useful to parents if they are concerned about their child.  Remember, the lists aren't exhaustive and children may display some of these signs but have no involvement in such gangs. 

If you are worried, please contact the school or the police for advice and guidance.

Signs to look out for:

* Sudden changes in behaviour

* Constantly in and out of the house

* Frequently MFC (missing from care)

* Reluctance to go to certain areas 

* Unexplained belongings 

* Multiple mobile phones

* Expensive possessions, clothes

* The mention of new names

* Unwilling to discuss friends or social life 

* Closed and withdrawn

* Specific slang language

* Aggression

* Lack of concentration

* Paranoia

* Heightened alertness

* Defensive body language

What gangs offer young people:

* Identity

* Belonging

* Safety

* Money

* Certainty 

* Money

* Acceptance 

* Family

* Fills emptiness

* Covers insecurity 

* Covers fear

* Sense of purpose

* Drugs

* Sense of excitement