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‘It’s a no-win scenario, either the police or the gang will get you’ Young people and organised crime – vulnerable or criminal?

Thompson, Naomi. 2019. ‘It’s a no-win scenario, either the police or the gang will get you’ Young people and organised crime – vulnerable or criminal? Youth Justice, 19(2), pp. 102-119. ISSN 1473-2254 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The Serious and Organised Crime Strategy (2013) for England and Wales made a commitment to develop preventative educational resources for use with young people on the topic of organised crime. This paper presents findings from a UK Home Office funded project which was aimed at developing and subsequently evaluating these resources, and explores their wider implications for youth crime prevention policy within the UK and internationally. Based on interviews with youth practitioners and young people, the project found that many young people with vulnerabilities (such as learning difficulties) were in turn vulnerable to exploitation by criminal groups; that the reasons for young people becoming involved in organised crime were complex including a desire to provide for their families in a climate of austerity and unemployment; and that positive relationships with professionals and long-term support were significant for youth crime prevention.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225419843353

Keywords:

youth crime, youth justice, organised crime, serious crime, prevention, gangs, vulnerability

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)

Dates:

DateEvent
15 March 2019Accepted
24 April 2019Published Online
1 August 2019Published

Item ID:

26063

Date Deposited:

20 Mar 2019 09:31

Last Modified:

04 Sep 2019 09:17

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26063

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