Parents are concerned that gangs and violent crimes can “destroy the lives” of British children.
The majority of British parents are concerned about gangs and violent crimes among their children.
Almost seven out of ten parents (68 percent) polled by YouGov for the St Giles Trust believed the government, charities, and schools are not doing enough to tackle gang culture among young people.
Britain “has to scale up its efforts,” according to the creator of the St Giles SOS Project, which assists children involved in county lines, gangs, and other types of juvenile criminal exploitation.
When a person under the age of 18 is compelled, controlled, manipulated, or tricked, they are frequently exploited in county lines drug supply.
“Child criminal exploitation is changing, and unfortunately, the exploiters in gangs will modify their tactics,” said Junior Smart of the SOS initiative.
“One constant is that it has the potential to destroy the lives of both the young people involved and those around them.”
A summer campaign has been launched by the organization to protect children from criminal exploitation.
“Our employees have direct personal experience of the difficulties facing their young clients and come from similar backgrounds,” said Ebony Pinnock, violence vulnerability and exploitation manager at St Giles.
“They are more likely to comprehend a young person’s risk of harm because they are culturally attuned to the realities and experiences of young people.”
According to a YouGov poll of 1,000 individuals, over half of parents (48%) believe that having children is more difficult now than it was 30 years ago, with 21% saying it is “much harder.”
Experts have suggested that technological advances, such as social media and cellphones, may be to blame for the shift.
When asked how often they knew exactly where their child was, 36% stated they knew “always,” compared to 3% who responded “never.”
Four out of ten parents said they “always” knew who their children were hanging out with when they were alone, while 29% said they “often” knew.
According to St Giles, there are an estimated 1,000 county lines throughout the UK, with some reliant on the exploitation of up to 50 youngsters.
Because there is currently no regular data collection, the exact number of children affected by county lines is unknown.
According to the Youngsters’s Commissioner, 27,000 children in England were members of gangs in 2019.
Males account for at least 91 percent of people involved in county lines, yet females are underrepresented in data. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”