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The well-being of children in the UK$
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Jonathan Bradshaw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428370

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428370.001.0001

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Children, crime and illegal drug use

Children, crime and illegal drug use

(p.235) twelve Children, crime and illegal drug use
The well-being of children in the UK

Lisa O'Malley

Sharon Grace

Policy Press

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

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