Youth Offending



Knife crime is continually hitting the news headlines, as we are seeing a significant rise in the number of knife crime offences committed. In England and Wales, there were 43,516 knife crime offences in the 12 months ending March 2019.  This is an 80% increase from the year ending March 2014, and the prevalence of this type of crime is not showing any sign of reducing.   

One of the key groups of people impacted by knife crime are the under-18s, with one in five people cautioned, reprimanded or convicted for carrying a knife in England and Wales being under the age of 18.    

However, violent crime is not the only type of crime where youth offending is apparently on the rise. Under-18s are increasingly being used as drug runners in ‘County Lines’ operations, where they are being groomed and exploited in order to traffic drugs to suburban locations. 

These two examples of criminal behaviour raise questions around the age of criminal responsibility and what factors need to be taken into account when considering prosecution of young people. This masterclass will explore these issues with reference to actual case studies involving young offenders, and students will debate questions such as whether the age of criminal responsibility should be raised and whether harsher sentences for specific crimes impacting young people have the desired effect.

Careers in the justice system can include roles focused on the prediction, prevention and investigation of offences, in addition to the reduction of reoffending, the rehabilitation of offenders and support services for victims. We can close the visit with a talk outlining what careers paths are available with a Criminology degree, how students can enter different careers and where opportunities are likely to develop in the future.

Key facts

Off campus
On campus
Half day
18 (on campus)
Key Stage
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
Gatsby benchmarks
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
7. Encounters with further and higher education

Example programme

10.00 to 10.30Welcome and Overview of Activity

10.30 to 12.00 – Youth Offending Workshop

12.00 to 12.30 (optional) Careers in the Justice System, Student Feedback & Departure

Programme options:

Content can be amended for pre and post 16 students. We can deliver the session on campus, in school, as an interactive session online, or adapt as a pre-recorded session online.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021