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Crime: Children

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken into (i) child victims of crime and (ii) child criminals in each of the last five years. (319777)

For the purposes of this reply we have considered any Home Office research looking specifically or primarily at children (those aged under 18) as perpetrators or victims of crime, where the research was undertaken in 2005 or later. A number of Home Office research projects may include some information on young people as victims or offenders as part of a more general research study: these are not covered in this reply.

(i) Child victims of crime

Since 2005 the Home Office has commissioned or undertaken the following research in respect of child victims:

BMRB (British Market Research Bureau) were commissioned to extend the British Crime Survey (BCS) to include a representative sample of children aged 10 to 15 as part of the BCS 2010-11 fieldwork contract. The BCS was extended from January 2009 with the objective of providing estimates of victimisation among those aged 10 to 15 and better understanding children's experiences of victimisation and key crime related issues in England and Wales.

The Home Office reported in 2009 on the key trends in monitoring Phase 1 of the Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) aimed at reducing the carrying of knives and serious stabbings among teenagers (13 to 19-year-olds) in 10 police force areas. The report is available at:

The Home Office commissioned a process evaluation in March 2009 to look at the implementation of the Child Sex Offender Review public disclosure. The final report was published in March 2010.

(ii) Child criminals

Since 2005 the Home Office has commissioned or undertaken the following research in respect of child offenders:

The Home Office was responsible for carrying out the Offending Crime and Justice Survey (OCJS) since 2003. The survey has completed four annual sweeps (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006). The main aim of the survey is to gather information on young people's attitudes towards and experiences of offending in England and Wales (particularly those aged from 10 to 25). The OCJS also collects information about young people's victimisation experiences. Results from the 2005 and 2006 OCJS surveys are available at:


In November 2009 longitudinal analysis of those who took part in all four years of the OCJS was published and is available at:

The Home Office commissioned the Juvenile Cohort Study in 2007. It was designed to provide evidence about which interventions are associated with reductions in re-offending for young offenders with different characteristics. Since the machinery of government changes (May 2007), this work is now owned and being taken forward by the Ministry of Justice.

The Home Office commissioned an evaluation of the Drug Intervention Programme pilots for children and young people. The report was published in 2007.

In 2009 the Home Office commissioned a process evaluation of the implementation of the Youth Crime Action Plan. This study is ongoing.