Family Lives Responds to CSJ Gang Report

“Family Lives welcomes the CSJ's report into the sexploitation of girls perpetrated by gangs throughout the UK.  TeenBoundaries is committed to developing positive gender relationships and has already worked with over 7000 young people to address sexual bullying, early sexualisation and it's influences on teen behaviour.  In addition, TeenBoundaries’ parent organisation, Family Lives has worked directly with parents affected by gang culture who attended workshops to air concerns and ways of encouraging their children to resist the lure of the dysfunctional gang lifestyle.  Preventative funding must be made available to schools and colleges to enable them to deliver awareness training around sexualisation, objectification, sexual bullying and peer pressure in all its forms. We must equip ourselves with a clearer understanding of youth violence and related gang issues - whether from influential friends, online activity, or incidents at school.  TeenBoundaries supports parents and professionals to recognise the tell-tale signs and develop ways of preventing young people in their care getting in with the wrong crowd.  The impact of which can have a damaging impact on future life relationships and opportunities.  We must avoid targeting or blaming parents and communities. Rather we should recognise that when children have gone off the rails and parental engagement, responsibility and respect are in tatters, support is needed to help individuals to regain their confidence and their authority to parent.” 

Parents can call Family Lives’ Helpline on 0808 800 2222 or visit www.teenboundaries.co.uk

Anastasia de Waal, Family Lives’ Chair