Gangs

Eight more regions to become Project ADDER Accelerator sites

28/07/2021

Eight more local authorities will become Project ADDER Accelerator sites to help tackle drug misuse and crack-down on drug-related crime.

Girls increasingly becoming victims of county lines drug gangs, councils warn

09/07/2021

County lines drug gangs are increasingly targeting girls and young women, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Online toolkit available for tackling youth violence

28/06/2021

Local authorities now have access to an online toolkit which will help them determine what activities are best for preventing children becoming involved in violence.

Government announces £35.5m to tackle violence at local level

09/02/2021

Local communities are set to benefit from a multi-million-pound funding boost to help support measures tackling serious violence.

Report calls for a joined up public health approach to gangs

08/02/2021

Local authorities are failing to tackle the key drivers for youth violence in their areas, the Children's Commissioner has warned in a new report.

'Data desert' on vulnerable children and county lines, report warns

03/12/2020

Local authorities and police forces are failing to identify the number of vulnerable children being exploited by criminal gangs, a new report has warned.

Charity warns of increase in gang activity post-lockdown

03/06/2020

Criminal gangs are using new ways of exploiting children in the wake of coronavirus, a new report has warned.

Youth services bearing brunt of 'drastic' cuts finds report

03/03/2020

Youth services have a vital role to play in tackling crime, gang culture and loneliness, a charity has argued today.

Council offers pioneering family therapy to reduce gang crime

31/01/2020

Redbridge Council has become the first in the UK to deliver a ground-breaking family therapy service for young people at risk of joining gangs.

Over 4,000 young people ‘exploited’ by County Lines gangs

20/09/2019

Figures released by the Mayor of London’s office have revealed that there are more than 4,000 young people involved in County Lines operating out of London.

Watchdog warns of rapid rise in serious and organised crime

28/06/2019

An official report shows more investment is needed in local services to protect young people from the lure of gangs, council leaders have warned.

Council fined for leak of its gang database

05/04/2019

The London Borough of Newham has been fined £145,000 by the data watchdog for revealing personal information on more than 200 people who were on a police database.

‘County Lines’ major driver behind rise in slavery reporting

20/03/2019

The number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery reported to the authorities has risen by more than 80% in two years, new data reveals.

Councils ‘failing’ children exploited by gangs, report reveals

28/02/2019

The same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation failings are being repeated with gangs, the children’s commissioner has warned.

Whitehall announces nearly £10m fund to tackle gang culture

25/02/2019

Communities across England are to receive a share of a £9.5m fund aimed at helping families who are vulnerable to the effects of knife crime and gang culture, the communities secretary has announced.

Front-line workers ‘must get better’ at tackling child exploitation by drug gangs

30/01/2019

Front-line professionals ‘must get better’ at spotting signs that children are being exploited, a children’s charity has said in response to an annual assessment of county lines drug networks.

Excluded schoolchildren at risk of violence and criminal exploitation

30/10/2018

Rising numbers of children being excluded from school are at risk of becoming involved in gangs and knife crime, charity leaders and MPs have warned.

Whitehall announces £5m fund to fight knife crime

22/10/2018

Local authorities are being given the opportunity to bid for funding to tackle youth and gang crime in high-risk areas.

Whitehall announces £2m unit to protect vulnerable children from gangs

29/08/2018

A national response unit designed to offer local authorities tailored support to help children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs is due to be launched next year.

Council gang prevention programme gets £800,000 boost

07/06/2018

Waltham Forest Council has allocated an additional £806,000 of funding over four years in order to ‘reshape’ its gang prevention programme.

Council and police secure landmark group gang injunction

24/08/2017

The largest ever group gang injunction has been secured by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police against 18 men.

Tackling gang culture

20/07/2017

Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala explains how local communities can work together to help tackle gangs.

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