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Gangs, violence and the pressures on urban boys to act tough

By Blog Editor, IOE Digital, on 23 May 2012

Jenny Parkes.

Home Office statistics show that 40% of the young people brought before the courts following the August riots were on free school meals; more than a third had been recently excluded from school and two-thirds had a special educational need.  Fewer than one in five of those arrested were gang-affiliated. The vast majority – 90% – were male.

These statistics chime with our findings on young people and neighbourhood risk.