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.

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.