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Children, crime and illegal drug use

Lisa O'Malley and Sharon Grace

in The well-being of children in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428370
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428370.003.0012
Children, crime and illegal drug use

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This chapter summarizes trends and data about how much crime is committed by children in England and Wales. It explores the types of crimes that are committed with a particular focus on illegal drug use, and considers crimes committed against children. It covers the three main types of data source available in relation to offending behaviour and illegal drug use: administrative data; self-reported crime surveys; and victimisation data. Each of these has limitations that are discussed. A fourth section deals with the available data regarding risk and protective factors in relation to offending and drug use, drawing on nationally representative survey data. It is noted that there is a clear overlap between offenders and victims, possibly underlining the vulnerability of many young people who find themselves involved in criminal activity. It is also clear that a high proportion of young people commit crime.

Keywords: children; crime; illegal drug use; England; Wales; offending behaviour; victimisation

Chapter.  9305 words.  Illustrated.

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