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Gangs and Serious Youth Violence

Gang activity, knife crime, drugs and other forms of serious youth violence are significant issues.

Published on: 19 January 2021

Last updated: 19 January 2021

Integrated Gangs and Exploitation Unit (IGXU)

Who we are

Our Integrated Gangs and Exploitation Unit (IGXU) is a non-statutory, multi-agency service, which aims to reduce incidences and impact of serious youth violence and exploitation in Westminster.

The unit was set up in 2011 to:

  • Identify young males and females at risk of getting involved in gangs or exploitation,
  • Provide early intervention to vulnerable children and families,
  • Offer long-term support and guidance to young people into adaptive lifestyles.

The unit is run by professionals from Children’s and Family Services, Community Safety, Westminster Employment Service and Metropolitan Police. Together they work with young people and their families in a non-statutory capacity, with the help and guidance from its support staff, management and other partners.

We also work jointly with the neighbouring boroughs of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham to share information and tackle cross border gang affiliations and tensions.

Our typical work and success rates:

  • More than 80 active cases at any given time
  • 75% engagement rate with cases
  • 60-65% of cases successfully enrolled into some form of education, training or employment
  • More than 10 days of street outreach and “Ride-outs” per month
  • Quarterly community events and a minimum of 40 workshops and training sessions per year
  • Reaching out to more than 1000 young people and 500 community members every year
  • An annual average of obtaining 5-10 Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO’s) and Child Warning Abduction Notices (CAWNS) against repeat offenders
  • Active consultations on cases and license conditions on adults and young people throughout the year