To help avoid getting caught up in gang culture, avoid associating with gang members or ‘wannabe’ gang members, and don’t hang out where you know they’re likely to be.
Steer clear of parties or social events which you know are organised by gang members and their associates.
Talk to a trusted adult - parents, teachers about your concerns. Other organisations can offer further help.
Don’t be tempted to accept gifts, money, or items such as food and alcohol from people who you know to be gang members or gang associates. They could be grooming you to join in with their activities.
If you’re asked to carry out a job for someone who you think is in a gang, say no. It might seem harmless and like easy money, but things could soon spiral out of control.
Advice from the NSPCC (opens in new window) is available to help you say no.
If you want to give information about gang crime, you can do so completely anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or giving information online (opens in new window).
You will be kept completely anonymous and your details will not be passed to police.
The charity Childline has lots of advice on what to do if you feel scared about gang crime or if you’re feeling pressured to join a gang. You can also talk to someone from Childline (opens in new window), confidentially.
The Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) (opens in new window) is a network of different agencies and groups aiming to tackle the root causes of things like gang membership and prevent young people becoming involved in all aspects of gang criminality and exploitation. Visit its website to find specialist support and advice to help you, whether you are a young person directly involved, or have concerns about a family member or friend.