Gangs and violence

Are you getting pressure from your friends to join in with group violence?

There are a few things your friends might tell you about the ‘benefits’ of being part of a gang but:

  • gangs want you to run errands for them
  • most gang members never really earn much money, if they say they do, they're probably lying or are committing crime
  • you are more likely to get seriously hurt if you belong to a gang
  • you won't earn respect from those that matter the most to you - your family/your loved ones by getting arrested

You already know that joining a gang is a bad idea:

That's why you're here. And you should know that if you end up in a gang, you will probably end up breaking the law sooner or later:

  • it won't be anyone else's fault but your own
  • you will be punished, not the gang
  • you might get a criminal record

What can you do?

There are plenty of people out there who can help you. You just need to talk to the right person:

  • your parents or an adult you trust
  • a teacher or your Safer Schools Officer
  • friends who don't belong to gangs
  • or consider speaking to a professional in confidence at ChildLine on 0800 1111

Report it

There is absolutely no excuse for violence so if your friends have hurt someone you must report it, even if you think they might get into trouble. It's better that they get into trouble now than get into more serious trouble in the future - or worse get themselves or someone else seriously injured or even killed.

  • You can go into your nearest police station or speak to your Safer Schools Officer or local Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency and someone is in immediate danger you should call 999.
  • If you feel unable to talk to the police, you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 (you won't have to give your name and your call will not be traced).
  • Or for more information visit the ‘Reporting crime’ section on the Metropolitan Police website or the ‘How to contact us’ page on this site.

Getting more help

There are also many trained professionals who can offer confidential help and advice to both your friend, and to you. Visit our ‘More help and advice’ page.

For other related topics, take a look at our sections on bullying and knife and gun crime.

Group violence