Keeping kids safe: improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation

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Longfield, Anne
Children's Commissioner for England
Date of publication
28 February 2019
Children and Young People, Social Policy, Families, Criminal Justice Services, Young Offenders
Social welfare
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This report investigates what it means to be a child gang member in England. It estimates how many children in England are in gangs, and looks at the risks factors which make it more likely for a child to end up being groomed for gang membership. It also questions whether those responsible for safeguarding children are responding adequately to the rise in gang violence. This research estimates that there are 27,000 children in England who identify as a gang member, only a fraction of whom are known to children’s services.

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