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Youth crime – why is it seen as such a social problem?
What is the link?
Learning intentions: <ul><li>To recognise that crime and deviance generate  public debates   </li></ul><ul><li>To be able ...
Debates about crime and deviance <ul><li>Issues that relate to crime and deviance are controversial and can generate debat...
Some key facts about youth crime <ul><li>Total Cost of dealing with Young Offenders to the criminal justice services 2008/...
What do the statistics show? <ul><li>Which crime had the lowest recorded numbers in 2007-2008? </li></ul><ul><li>Which cri...
Why is youth crime a social problem? <ul><li>“ We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. Th...
What is wrong with hoodies? Is banning hoodies the answer or merely a reflection of moral panic?
Can you now? <ul><li>Describe  one  kind of problem behaviour believed to be associated with teenagers in recent years  an...
How did you do? – self assessment <ul><li>1 mark for a partial description </li></ul><ul><li>2 marks for an appropriate de...
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  1. 1. Youth crime – why is it seen as such a social problem?
  2. 2. What is the link?
  3. 3. Learning intentions: <ul><li>To recognise that crime and deviance generate public debates </li></ul><ul><li>To be able to explain why teenage crime is seen as a social problem </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords for this lesson: </li></ul><ul><li>Antisocial behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>ASBO </li></ul><ul><li>Moral panic </li></ul><ul><li>Folk devil </li></ul><ul><li>Ephebiphobia </li></ul>
  4. 4. Debates about crime and deviance <ul><li>Issues that relate to crime and deviance are controversial and can generate debates among politicians and within the media. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the issues are internet crime , terrorism , human trafficking , antisocial behaviour and youth crime . </li></ul><ul><li>The media plays a huge role in raising the worries of the public about law and order through newspapers and news broadcasts. </li></ul><ul><li>Reiner (2007) argues that news stories often exaggerate the risks of crime faced by groups such as white people of higher status, and they over-represent women, children or older people as victims of crime. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some key facts about youth crime <ul><li>Total Cost of dealing with Young Offenders to the criminal justice services 2008/9: £4 billion a year </li></ul><ul><li>Every year an estimated 70,000 school-age children enter the youth justice system </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly half (42%) of first time offenders are young adults. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of 15-17 year olds in prison has more than doubled over the last ten years. </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of jailing 1 young offender to the taxpayer is up to £100,000 per year. </li></ul><ul><li>The Prison Service spent £221,726 in providing games consoles during the period 2005 – 2008. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What do the statistics show? <ul><li>Which crime had the lowest recorded numbers in 2007-2008? </li></ul><ul><li>Which crime had the highest recorded numbers in 2007-2008? </li></ul><ul><li>What % of crimes involved violence against a person? </li></ul><ul><li>What total number of offences involved the breaching of conditions? </li></ul><ul><li>What types of crime might be included in the ‘other’ category? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why is youth crime a social problem? <ul><li>“ We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self-control.&quot; These words - expressing the all-too-familiar contemporary condemnation of young people - were actually inscribed on a 6,000-year-old Egyptian tomb. </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout history this fear of young people ( ephebiphobia ) has existed but today it appears to be worse. </li></ul><ul><li>Adult fear and statistics showing a high proportion of crime amongst young people, leads to young offenders being society’s number one ‘folk devil’ (groups seen as deviant and troublemakers). </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is wrong with hoodies? Is banning hoodies the answer or merely a reflection of moral panic?
  9. 9. Can you now? <ul><li>Describe one kind of problem behaviour believed to be associated with teenagers in recent years and explain why members of the public have considered it a problem. (5 marks) </li></ul>
  10. 10. How did you do? – self assessment <ul><li>1 mark for a partial description </li></ul><ul><li>2 marks for an appropriate description, e.g. violent crime, drug taking, anti-social behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Plus </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 marks for an explanation through reference to the harm done. </li></ul><ul><li>3 marks for a clear explanation explicitly relating the behaviour to the public perception of the problem. </li></ul>
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