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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?
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.