Youth Crime

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What is Youth Crime?

It's a crime commited by young offenders.

When I think about youth crime, the first question I would ask is: Why is the number of violent incidents between teenagers increasing?

Is poverty to blame? Or the bad parenting? Or maybe it's both?

Financial difficulties don't give much choice to parents, but to work longer hours just so that they can put food on the table. In the meantime, they're not exactly aware of their children's doings; they either don't have time or the capacity to understand.

Young people who live around council estates are the more vulnerable ones as they are more deprived of youth services. I think this because there aren't enough facilities to occupy them, such as: youth centres, sports arenas, lesiure centres, libraries etc. (I think this as I don't see many around where I live... most of them are closed because there is not enough funding to keep them)

Politition's attitude towards youth crime is not helping much either - blaming social media instead of real factors behind it.

The young people who live in poverty-stricken areas can easily misjudge the situation they live in and end up doing the wrong thing with the wrong type of people.

When they don't have the basic support they need, it's no use in telling young people that carrying a weapon or being part of a gang is not the right way to do things. Imagine one poor household; the mother is working long hours just to pay the rent and put food on the table as there is no father around. If the mother is working night as well as day, the child/children will not be supported emotionally as well as mentally and can easily get trapped in the wrong crowd. This is because there is no role model to show love, affection and support, showing them what is right and what is wrong.

The majority of young offenders come from abusive household; parents are drug addicts, alchoholics and - in some cases - themselves involved in crimminal activity/gang crime.

60% have some kind of difficulties such as speech, language and learning difficulties. They are angry, isolated, scared, lonely and feeling that there's no one to turn to.

The lack of discipline also has an negative effect on youngsters. So does poor parent -child interaction,bullying at the school or peer presssure.

Every week we hear sad things on the news; stabbings, gun crime etc. This is horrid and has to stop. So many young lives have been ruined...

In so many London estates, safety is the big issue; people feel unsafe because there isn't enough protection from the police force. "Funding crisis" left police forces inadequate.

What Can Be Done?

  • Crime Prevention Programs (CPP)
  • Training and Educational Programs (with individual approach)
  • Support for the Families
  • Not too hard punishments for minor crimes - that way they can be helped instead of pushed out (However, I'm a bit sceptical with this, because for some this can give the wrong idea; the idea that they can get away with things easily. In that case, maybe not too hard punishments for the first time round, but go harder on them, sort of, the next time if they do do it again...)
  • Job Opportunities (if they get released they have something to go to instead of the gang)
  • Youth Centres

I think these are (some) of the best options because they help the young offenders move away from "the dark side" (the gangs) and most of these encourage them to move on in life (getting job experiance will help them get jobs..) and, well, making their lives better I suppose.

Comments (10)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 08 Jan 2019

    Hi content_lemon,

    Excellent start to the issue. You've clearly researched youth crime and you've shown excellent curiosity by asking questions about why this is happening.

    We're really going to push members to provide evidence for claims they make. Can you provide evidence for the following things you've said in your post:
    1."The number of violent incidents between teenagers is increasing"
    2. "The majority of young offenders come from abusive households"
    3. Where did you find this fact: "60% have some kind of difficulties such as speech, language and learning difficulties".


    Questions for BNC Members
    Are there assumptions society makes about people which might not help the situation?
    Can BNC members spot any assumptions made in this post?
    Why do we need to be careful about making assumptions?

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  • Elaine-logo-250x250.jpg victorious_snow
    Elaine Primary School 08 Jan 2019

    Some other reasons for young criminals are:

    social media
    This can sometimes turn wrong because of things like group chats- a way of gathering gangs OR just getting to know informations and to be inspired by others. And social isolation triggers youngsters for commit crime.
    Movies
    Some movies can be inspirational to become a criminal and some actually shows the process and hoe everything works qite acurately.The best done to stop these are to split movies so up to a certain age could watch that film. However not many people follow that plus even if they do, older teenagers are the ones who's actually doing this.

    Troubled home life
    In this your point of bad home backround and less attentions on the children are invloved. But additionally if the child is poor, it motivates them to get rich by other children at school. This could happen just by looking at their category in money wise and comparing. Also when children don't do any school projects or bring things that they're supposed to because they don;t have much money.Another reason could be that they don't learn well and others tease and target one person wich again triggers them to defend or be mean to them back in much serious ways.As not everyone can not get rich all of a sudden, the only way is for parents to turn their attentions on the child and teach them goods and bads.

    In the UK, children under ten are not considered to have reached an age where they can be considered responsible for their crimes. But from 10 to 14 years of age can be convicted of a criminal offence if it is possible to prove that the child was aware that they were doing something that was seriously wrong. However from 14 onwards a child is fully responsible for their actions and their crime would be judged equally serious to an adult's even though there is difference in the types of sentence the young offenders receive.

    These are additional facts and other reasons for youngsters to commit crime and some solutions to stop this.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 08 Jan 2019

    Thanks ever so much for the star!!
    I'll now explain:
    1. The Youth Justice Statistics, published in Jan. 2018, shows that 14,500 new entrants into the Youth Justice System. 40,000 proven offences involving possession of a knife or offensive weapon. Police statistics have shown that knife and gun-related crimes increased by 14% just last year.
    2. and 3. Children in the Youth Justice system are mostly drawn from the most disadvantaged families and communities and have multiple problems, such as the fact that 60% have significant speech, language or communication difficulties and that many have a history of abuse or bereavement.
    I got 1's info from Shout out London and 2 and 3 from barnardos.org...
    Hope I did it right!!

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 09 Jan 2019 in reply to content_lemon's comment

    Well done content_lemon,

    You've used supporting evidence which makes the reasons we give stronger.

    Barnardos says that these children have 'multiple problems'. How can we be open-minded about the circumstance of someone linked to crime?

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 09 Jan 2019 in reply to victorious_snow's comment

    You're showing curiosity in your thinking by trying to explore reasons why young people might commit crimes

    Your social media argument is that social media makes it easier to fall into a gang. Am I right in this interpretation? Can you find any evidence for this?

    The weakest reasoning you have given is when you talk about poor children and things like school projects. Can you spot any assumptions in this part of your comment or find evidence to support this opinion?

    Check out the comments in this discussion to help:
    www.burnetnewsclub.com/issues/violent-crime/the-discussion/youth-crime

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 09 Jan 2019 in reply to victorious_snow's comment

    I agree completely with you! You showed really good reasons; a Well-awarded/deserves star!!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 09 Jan 2019 in reply to Tiff @ the BNC's comment

    To be open-minded, I think we should consider the youth’s feelings/situation and what position they are in, instead of judging them only by their offences. Another way to describe this is to try and help them to be decent and part of the right community; winning them back instead of pushing them away as this is societies/social problem. I think everybody - even if they have committed a crime - should have a second chance, but only if their willing to do something about it ( and also if their crime isn’t too serious - a minor crime)

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg affable_weaver
    The Ruth Gorse Academy 13 Jan 2019

    I completely agree with some of the points you made. One of them appealed to me the most- blaming social media. Studies have shown that being social reduces the chance of committing a crime by up to 65%. So shouldn't the social media be the last thing that comes to mind when looking for answers. Over the past years, the reputation of social media has gone down without thinking of the positives.

    In reply to Tiff@TheBNC's question 'why do we need to be careful about assumptions?' I think that a main reason of not assuming is that more likely than not the assumptions will not be correct.

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 14 Jan 2019 in reply to affable_weaver's comment

    Hi affable_weaver,

    Sometimes assumptions are right. For example, if I run the hot tap, I assume that the water will be hot to touch (based on my knowledge of how taps work and all the times I've run a hot tap before) and this is likely to be right. This assumption can save me from burning my hand. We make lots of little assumptions all the time and they often help us day-to-day.

    The trouble comes when we don't challenge the assumptions we make, especially about other people or things happening in society. For example, someone might make the assumption that all young people aren't interested in the news. We know this isn't true because of the BNC! But the consequences of someone making that assumption might be to exclude young people from conversations about the news.

    Can anyone think of any other examples of when assumptions can be good or bad?

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