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Primary staff need more help to steer children away from gangs

A report from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) found that staff at some primary schools staff felt they were doing everything they could to support young people at risk of getting involved with gang but that they felt more support was needed from within the school or from other local agencies.

The report indicated that some schools were unaware of what services were available and some reported that they had a reduction of their use of external providers due to budget restrictions. Research states that school teachers and staff are well placed to identify children at risk and felt unable to change children’s outcomes despite their best efforts and to the best of their ability.

They felt that it is crucial that schools are given the information and tools needed to tackle risks associated with gangs.