Young people and crime

Young people and crime

For all information related to parenting support, Early Help, youth centres and activities visit the Kensington and Chelsea Family Information Service pages.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Youth Offending Team

The Youth Offending Team (YOT) is a multi disciplinary team with the purpose of reducing the risk of children and young people offending and reoffending.

We work with children and young people aged 10 to 17 years who committed a criminal offence for which they have received a substantive outcome (a diversion, caution or Court order) and who are resident in the borough.


Advice and guidance to parents and carers about serious youth violence - knife crime and gangs

The majority of young people live positive lives and are not involved in gangs or knife crime. However, for the small number of young people who are affected, this can be a significant worry for parents and carers. It can have a big impact on families, communities, as well as the young person.

You can help your child by looking out for signs of their involvement and talking though the issues with them. This guide is designed to help provide a glossary of facts, practical advice, signs to look out for, as well as tips on how to speak to your child and how to seek further help or support.

If you want further help and advice on this issue, please email the Community Safety Team at:

The Safer K and C Partnership is committed to work together to reduce the harm caused by serious youth violence.

Youth violence - advice and guidance for parents and carers


The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) helpline and advice

The NSPCC can help children and young people involved in gangs. Visit the NSPCC website for further information and advice.