Schools given ’emergency plans’ for gang trouble

The government has issued new guidelines to schools for dealing with gangs today, following a spate of violence involving young gang members.

Children and young people’s minister Beverley Hughes said schools were the first line of response in tackling gangs.

“As the only truly universal service for children and young people, schools are uniquely placed to spot the early signs of pupil involvement in gangs,” she said.

“The guidance I am launching today provides straightforward advice to schools about what to look for, and how to reduce risks of pupils becoming involved with gangs.”

Despite the government stressing teachers should not put themselves at physical risk, the guidelines include emergency plans for when trouble breaks out.