Scared of the Kids
The rising panic about youth crime
Sunday 2 November, 4.00pm until 5.30pm, Café

We are regularly told Britain is in the grip of gun and knife culture and gang warfare, with young people in particular both committing violent crime, and suffering as victims of it. More generally, ‘teenage antisocial behaviour’ is often portrayed as one of the greatest problems afflicting the nation. Young people’s drinking habits are increasingly understood as a social problem today, and the government has announced it will crack down not just on underage drinking, but also 18-24 year-olds’ drunken behaviour.

But, statistically, violent crime is falling, and surely young people have always misbehaved: only rarely has their behaviour been interpreted as a serious threat to society. Do concerns about youth crime and antisocial behaviour reflect a breakdown of respect and discipline, or are we in the grip of a moral panic? Are liberal critics blind to the harsh realities of crime and disorder? Either way, there seems to be a problem with adult authority. Have we lost the confidence to tell young people what’s right and wrong?

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Professor Adam Crawford
professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds; author of Youth Offending and Restorative Justice
Professor Stuart Waiton
lecturer in sociology and criminology, Abertay University; author, Snobs' Law: criminalising football fans in an age of intolerance
Mark Easton
BBC Home Editor; head, BBC’s UK Specialists Unit.
Kit Malthouse
deputy mayor for Policing & Assembly, London; Assembly Member for West Central Constituency
Dr Maria Grasso
lecturer in politics and quantitative methods, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield; author: Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe

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Dr Maria Grasso lecturer in politics and quantitative methods, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield; author: Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe

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