Speculation over whether young people were at the heart of the riots is still ongoing, despite clear evidence which shows that only a very small proportion of youngsters were involved (see posts below) and often just used as look-outs by offending adults during the unrest itself, so we thought we would gather up a few of the more interesting and thought-provoking articles which touch upon this area.
- Young people are involved but it is clear that some were led on by adults, whilst others suffered with more deep-seated issues
- The government continues to suggest that youth gangs are behind the riots but experts are divided and indicate that adult paranoia may be at the heart of the confusion
- A week ago, the media and other organisations were unsure as to who had been involved in the riots, which caused concern when the government jumped to conclusions prior to waiting for the court statistics to emerge
- Currently, the majority of rioters charged with offences are overwhelmingly adults with only 21% of offenders being classed as minors
Researching Reform does not condone violence and we are deeply troubled by the riots and those that have been affected. There is also the reality that some children were involved and gang culture may well have played a part in the riots, but we need to understand youth culture better before we alienate them further with unhelpful generalisations.