Addressing youth violence and gangs

GangsThis Home Office advice is for leaders, their senior teams and staff that are in schools or colleges affected by gangs or low-level youth violence.

School and college leaders should be able to:

  • develop skills and knowledge to resolve conflict as part of the curriculum;
  • challenge aggressive behaviour in ways that prevent the recurrence of such behaviour;
  • understand risks for specific groups, including those that are gender-based, and target interventions;
  • safeguard, and specifically organise child protection, when needed;
  • carefully manage individual transitions between educational establishments, especially into Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) or alternative provision; and
  • work with local partners to prevent anti-social behaviour or crime.

The guidance includes:

  • advice on the support available to address problems of youth violence or gangs;
  • a summary of what works in tackling violence in educational establishments;
  • some considerations when commissioning programmes to improve outcomes for young people; and
  • a set of resources and practical checklists.
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