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The Centre for Mental Health has just published a report ‘A need to belong – What leads girls to join gangs’

This report follows the largest study of its kind, analysing risk factors related to offending from more than 8,000 young people screened as part of the newly developed youth point of arrest health screening initiative.

Entrants to the youth justice system were screened for 28 different risk factors and health issues including histories of poor mental health, family conflict, homelessness and victimisation.

On average, young women involved with gangs had more than double the number of vulnerabilities than the other girls who were screened after arrest. The results of the screening shows clear evidence of the psychological vulnerability of gang involved young women. Just over a quarter were identified as having a suspected mental health problem and 30% were identified as self-harming or at risk of suicide.

The report also includes 10 reccommendations.

The 36 page report can be downloaded for free from:

Triple Helix Training are running a workshop on “Working with gang-associated young women & girls” on the 24th June. To book a place please go to:

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