Parental Sessions

Are you concerned that your child is hanging around with gangs? Are they missing a lot of school? Do they stay with ‘mates’ for days and then come back with new trainers and money to ‘help you out?’ Do they use new, unfamiliar terms, when talking to their peers? Have you found a knife or drugs hidden in their school bag or bedroom?

2020 Rising works closely with parents and carers of young people who are either in gangs or at risk of becoming involved with gangs, anti-social behaviour or violence.

We take a non-judgmental approach to parenting while encouraging parents to look in the mirror and reflect on their own approaches to see where improvements could be made. After all, blaming other people and organisations can only achieve so much – parents are in the best possible place to influence their children’s lives for the better. They just need to develop the skills, strategies and confidence to do it.


To support our work in raising awareness we have produced a number of books.

Topics include Knife Crime, Gang Prevention, Mental Health & more.

Our publications are suitable for both parents & teachers.

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What Parents Will Learn

2020 Rising parental sessions will raise awareness of the reality of gang culture and youth violence, correcting any misconceptions and providing all the information parents might need to communicate effectively with their children about difficult issues.

It is so important that our young people understand the difference between the romantic fantasy of being in a gang and the harsh, brutal reality. Although youths can and do give up the gang lifestyle, the deeper they are involved, the more difficult this becomes.

For example, gang activity often involves conflict with other gangs. This can lead to young people making many enemies, putting their own safety and that of their families in danger.

Some of the topics that will be covered in our training sessions include:

  • How to be a good role model
  • The warning signs of gang membership or affiliation
  • Grooming and the role of social media
  • Why teenagers and children join gangs
  • Gang culture and trends
  • The implications of carrying a knife – injury, death, jail and unemployment
  •  The dangers of truancy
  •  The role of drugs and alcohol
  •  County lines operations and the danger of trafficking
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Gaming, music and the internet

Communities are a collective responsibility and every parent and carer has to play their part in tackling gang culture, drug dealing and knife and gun crime on their streets. Burying our heads in the sand and hoping for the best is no longer an option. Together we can help repair the damage to our communities and shape a better future for our young people.