Gangs and group offending: guidance for schools

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The purpose of this guidance, published in 2008, is to help schools in areas where ‘gangs’ or offending by groups of young people may be of particular concern. It provides:

  • information on the prevalence and characteristics of gangs and finding out about local patterns of gang and group offending
  • advice on prevention: how to create a safer school environment, identification and intervening with students at risk
  • advice on what to do if an incident occurs, including emergency planning
  • working with external partners and agencies
  • examples of good school practice resources

The guidance is for any school, including student referral units, concerned by such issues. There is no requirement to follow the guidance, which is offered, rather as a source of reference and a resource for schools to draw upon, as they feel appropriate.

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