Policy brief on youth gangs: Risk factors and preventive factors in studies of juvenile delinquency



This is the first policy brief in a series of three that brings together findings from a scientific literature review on social measures against juvenile delinquency and gang crime.

Criminal careers are the result of an accumulation of a number of individual, psychological, social and economic risk factors. Social programmes need to be offered in various local settings such as schools, sports, music, religion, arts and craftwork to help young people better cope with stress, status frustration and stigmatisation.