Teens more worried about violence than any other issue, study reveals (UK)

Evening  Standard 14 March 07
Teenagers are more worried about violence and falling victim to crime than anything else research has revealed. It found that two thirds of children have witnessed anti-social behaviour such as vandalism or hooliganism over the past year. The “Make Space Youth Review”, run by a former Labour MP, appeared to underline the failure of Labour’s attempts to cut crime during Tony Blair’s decade in power.It said that more than a quarter of young people list crime as their overriding concern, more than a third are worried about bullying, and that two in three children between 11 and 16 had witnessed anti-social behaviour over the past year. It also found after soundings among 7,000 youngsters that more than a third come back from school every day to an empty house or flat.