The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking at children and young people in England who are members of gangs. The report is based on findings from a 12 month engagement programme with children, their families and professionals, analysis of data, learning from serious case reviews, and research. It estimates that: 313,000 children and young people aged 10-17 know a street gang member and 34,000 children who have been the victims of a violent crime in the past 12 months either are a gang member, or know a gang member. The report looks at: the characteristics of children involved in gangs; the children most at risk of being groomed and exploited by gangs; how those responsible for safeguarding children responded to the rise in gang violence; the Government’s response; and how children and young people can be kept safe from gang violence. Recommendations include: the Government needs to be clear that child criminal exploitation is a national priority, and lay-out expectations for all the organisations working with children, including the police, schools, children’s services and NHS bodies.
Source: Children’s Commissioner for England Date: 28 February 2018