Kids as young as 3 show signs of being future gang members

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2011, 08:36 AM IST

London: Traits of becoming gang members in the future can be spotted in children as young as three, a new UK Government report has warned.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans to cut off gang violence at the root by intervening in “problem families” from the moment children are born.

A new Home Office report said the beginnings of teenage violence lie in the “very earliest childhood experience”.

It found warning signs are “already clear” by the time a child enters primary school, including neglect, aggression, absence from class and slow development.

Children identified as “at risk” by the age of three are more than twice as likely to have criminal convictions by the age of 21, the report said.

“Early intervention is absolutely key,” Mrs May said.

“That may need to come at a very early age indeed, with toddlers, ensuring they just don’t go down that road,” she said.