How do I get out?
If you’ve joined a gang, it’s never too late to get yourself out of it. Often, how easy this is depends on your position in the gang and how well established the gang is. It’s important to ensure that you keep yourself safe when trying to leave.
You can start by gradually reducing your involvement with group, slowly distancing yourself. Spend less time with them and reduce your communication with them. Perhaps find new friends or spend more time with other mates who are not involved with the gang.
Try and avoid places that the gang are likely to be, perhaps addresses, streets or parks that you know they hang out in. Avoid being on your own.
It can also be helpful to talk to an adult that you trust. This could be a parent, a relative, a teacher or a sports coach for example. If you don’t want to talk to any of these people, you could contact Childline who can offer help and advice. If you’re in immediate danger, you should contact the police on 999.
Finding yourself a hobby, sport or activity that you’re interested in can also help you to break away from a gang. Perhaps you already have something in mind, if not, check out what’s available in Derby here.
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