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Leaving a gang

If you’re already involved in gang culture, it’s not too late to get out.

Gang life might seem glamorous – but life in prison is far from pleasant, and you’re putting yourself, your life, your future, and even the lives of your family members in danger by being part of a gang.

Some tips to help you leave gang:

  • Try to spend less time with the gang and find friends who are not in gangs.
  • Try to avoid places where you know the gang will be.
  • Speak to someone you trust (opens in a new window) like a family member, teacher or youth worker.
  • You can contact Gangsline (opens in a new window) for free advice and support from ex-gang members. They also have a confidential phone number: 0800 032 9538
  • You can call the police by dialling 999 for urgent help if you're in danger.
  • Focus on things that you enjoy like sports, music, reading or find new hobbies.
  • You can contact ChildLine (opens in a new window) and speak to a counsellor in confidence. They can help you find a way to get out.
  • Talk to Frank (opens in a new window) is a charity which helps young people who want to kick their drug habit. You can call them confidentially on 0300 123 6600 – this number is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  You can also talk to them live online on their website (opens in a new window) . You can text them on 82111 and you can also email them.


If you want to give information about gang crime, you can do so completely anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or filling out information online (opens in a new window).

You will be kept completely anonymous and your details will not be passed to police.

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