The involvement of children and young people in gang culture in the UK is a matter of national concern. Sheffield has not suffered the same level of criminal gang activity but there have been instances of violence and fatalities. Such deaths are a tragedy for the families, friends, communities, and no more so than for the victims themselves who died at such a young age.
For the majority of residents, Sheffield is a safe city. However, those children and young people involved in criminal gang activity are at risk of serious injury. In order to safeguard children and young people in the city, the Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) and its partner agencies need to work creatively to reduce gang membership, using preventative measures.
SCSP fact sheets:
SCSP city-wide policy & procedure:
Safeguarding children and young people who may be affected by gang activity, DfE
Statutory Guidance Injunctions to Prevent Gang-Related Violence and Gang-Related Drug Dealing, May 2016, GOV.UK
YOT Practitioner's Guide: Injunctions to prevent gang related violence, Youth Justice Board, May 2016
Advice to schools and colleges on gangs and youth violence, GOV.UK
Reducing knife, gun and gang Crime, GOV.UK
Ending gang and youth violence: cross-government report, GOV.UK
County Lines - Gang Violence Exploitation and Drug Supply, NCA 2017
Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults: County Lines, Home Office
Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.
If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care