Kids, Education and Crime: Young People's Experiences of School, Education and Crime

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Problem behaviour in school and lack of engagement with education are seen as important risk factors indicative of a likelihood of being involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, whilst at the same time school is the location of many young people’s experience of being a victim of such behaviour. This paper will draw upon several research projects involving young people undertaken by the author. These studies have explored children and young people’s understandings of their school environment, crime and safety in school in a range of different contexts. Similar key messages have emerged from across these studies offering insights into children and young people’s experiences of education and the criminal justice system.


Keywords: Safety in School, Education and Crime, Problem Behaviour
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Jean Hine

Reader in Criminology, Community and Criminal Justice, De Montfort University
Leicester, UK

My recent research and publications include directing the ESRC Research Network ‘Pathways into and out of crime: Risk Resilience and Diversity’, a Home Office evaluation of the social impact of technological crime reduction measures in schools, the national evaluation of On Track (a major government funded project providing early multiple interventions for children at risk of future criminal and antisocial behaviour), children’s understandings of citizenship, the evaluation of pilot youth offending teams, and a study of final warnings. I have also undertaken research into the work of the probation service, an area to which she has recently returned in teaching criminology students, trainee probation officers and trainee police officers. My more recent work includes participative research approaches and I have a particular interest in developing these approaches and understanding issues from offender perspectives. Several of my research projects have led me to develop an interest in the relationship between education and crime for both young and adult offenders.

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