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HO45/18118, extracts from report on Juvenile Delinquency; this source consists of five short extracts from a 23-page enquiry in 1937 into the causes of "juvenile delinquency" (crimes committed by young people). It was carried out by London County Council Education Officer who was responsible for all schools and services for young people in the city.
The extracts here deal with:
(i) unemployment, (ii) "multiple stores" (department stores), (iii) cinema films, (iv) parental neglect (v) legacy of wartime values.


What different ideas are put forward in these sources to explain the number of young people who commit crimes?

Do the writers give any evidence to support their ideas about the increase in juvenile crime?

Which do you think is the most reliable of these three documents for finding out about the real causes of juvenile crime?

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  Put some of the examples you have found in this Case-Study of a key factor for change affecting crime in the 20th century in your Gallery Worksheet.

HO45/18118, extracts from report on Juvenile Delinquency.