|Tackling Youth Crime|
Youth crime harms communities, creates a culture of fear and damages the lives of some of our most vulnerable young people. Reducing youth crime and improving the youth justice system is a central part of our effort to build safer communities and to tackle the problem of social exclusion.
What causes youth crime?
These are some of the major risk factors that increase the chances of young people committing crimes:
* troubled home life
* poor attainment at school, truancy and school exclusion
* drug or alcohol misuse and mental illness
* deprivation such as poor housing or homelessness
* peer group pressure
Tackling youth crime calls for cross-governmental cooperation to address this serious and troubling problem.
As a community, we should be committed not only to continuing this success in tackling youth crime, but also to reducing the fear of youth crime.