Multiple factors can lead young people to engage in crime and delinquent acts, including the social environment, individual development, lack of confidence in the future and experiences of marginalisation. As a vulnerable target group, local authorities need to develop comprehensive youth policies that promote social inclusion and avoid the social, economic and political marginalisation of children and young people. Instead of perceiving young people solely as potential danger to security, policy-makers should recognise them as drivers of social progress and include them in their crime prevention strategies and programmes.
A summary of the key lessons from the research in the field of preventing juvenile delinquency is presented below.
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