Challenging myths about young people and organised crime through collaborative research

Stanton, Naomi. 2015. Challenging myths about young people and organised crime through collaborative research. Yresearch, 1, [Article]

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This paper outlines how a project conducted with the Home Office to develop educational resources about young people and organised crime was able to avoid reinforcing misleading myths. Three key myths about young people and crime are explored that emerged from the consultations with young people and practitioners involved with the project. These myths are: that young people face a significant choice/dilemma moment before becoming involved with organised crime; that young people engage with organised crime out of a sense of entitlement; that there is such a thing as a typical organised crime offender among young people. In challenging these myths, the paper asserts that young people are vulnerable to exploitation rather than simply criminal, that young people’s engagement with organised crime is more complex than simply stemming from greed or laziness and that it would be misleading to stigmatise young people from minority groups as typical offenders. The key argument of the paper is for the importance of collaboration with young people and practitioners when developing resources for them. This argument can also be applied more widely to indicate the importance of such collaboration when determining any policies, practices and interventions that will affect young people.

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young people; organised crime; vulnerability; collaboration; myths and assumptions

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


November 2015Published

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Date Deposited:

19 Sep 2017 10:24

Last Modified:

08 Jul 2020 11:54

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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