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KS4 Young Offenders

  1. "In 1800 youngsters under 17 committed a large number of crimes". Use the database to see if this is true for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdon.

  2. Using the database can you identify any links between the level of education and the type of crime in offenders under the age of 17?

  3. Did the amount of juvenile crime decrease as education was made compulsory for all children? (late 19th century)

  4. Historians have noted that during the 19th century there was a change in attitude towards juvenile criminals. It has been reported that courts sometimes let child offenders off because they were worried that if they were sent to prison they would learn how to be better criminals from the adult prisoners. Can you find any examples of young criminals being 'let off'? Can you see a change in punishments for young offenders over time?

  5. Put your findings from tasks 1-3 and any other research you have done into a brief PowerPoint entitled 'Child Offenders'. Don’t forget to explain any patterns you have found.

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