Are parents the reason for why young people are turning towards drink, drugs and violent crime?

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Are parents the reason for why young people are turning towards drink, drugs and violent crime?

This is my article on are parents the reason for why young people are turning towards drink, drugs and violent crime. There is quite a majority of young people who turns towards drink, drugs, and violent crime. This is due to9 peer pressure or having a bad upbringing. I saw an article from the Daily Mail newspaper that a Former Ofsted Chief blamed single mums for getting young people into drink, drugs, and violent crime. The article states the following:

Absentee fathers are to blame for rise in gang killings and explosion in violent crime says ex-Ofsted chief to the fury of single mothers

  • Britain's former chief inspector of schools blames missing fathers for problem
  • He said: 'Dads are neglecting their children and providing terrible role models'
  • Some furious viewers accused him of blaming single mums for spike in violence

Single mothers today reacted with fury as the former Ofsted chief blamed one-parent families with no fathers for the explosion in violent crime.

Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that fathers are 'neglecting their children and providing terrible role models to their young men who then go astray'.

He spoke out on ITV's Good Morning Britain after London's 61st murder this year which saw a man shot dead last night in Queensbury, North West London.

Former Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that fathers are 'neglecting their children'

But social media users were left furious at him blaming single mothers for the gun and knife crime epidemic in the capital, saying they were 'insulting' and 'disgusted'.

Sir Michael told the programme: 'When I was teaching 50 years ago, when we had a problem with a youngster, mum and dad used to turn up.

'Even though they may be separated, even though they may be going through all sorts of family problems, mum and dad always turned up.

'You don't see that now - this is about dads not caring. Dads are neglecting their children and providing terrible role models to their young men who then go astray.' 

'This is not an ethnic issue, this is an issue about fathers across the ethnic spectrum not caring about their children.

'You never see Dad. Mum's are fully stretched and having to go out to work to support their family and worry about what's happening at home. You need Dad's to turn up to care about their children.

'Otherwise the message goes out "my Dad doesn't care".

'Fathers in these communities don't care. It's about time the police took control of what's happening on the streets of London. There's a certain lack of respect now for police officers'.



Some viewers were left furious and accused Sir Michael of blaming single mums for the spike in violence

Former police officer Leroy Logan said: 'I think we need to recognise that violence has moved on - parenting is very important - it's peer pressure and fear - I think fathers to some extent but a lot of the safeguarding agencies have been run into the ground

'Then you've got people grooming young people on a major scale and the social media is an accelerator to this violence. 

He added: 'There's no correlation between stop and search and knife crime. If you don't have the confidence of young people, they won't talk to you. You have to work in partnership with young people.'

Last night's death brings the total number of suspected murders in London so far this year to 61, amid fears violent crime could rise to the highest levels for a decade.

But viewers were angered by Sir Michael, with one saying: 'Oh I wished I was able to watch this. I'll have you know I am a single mum of a 16-year-old that I had at 15.

'He has left school with his GCSEs and at 16 has gone straight out of school and got a job. Before you judge, take a walk on the streets and see it for real.'

Another said: 'So single mothers are raising killers? To be honest, I'm a little bit insulted by that.'

And a third added: 'In a word, 'no'! It's like saying these single mothers have done a bad job bring up their children alone.'


The statics on crime carried out by young people is that gun crime is on a twenty percent rise, and knife crime is twenty one percent year on year across the UK.
Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has outlined news laws based on gun and knife crime carried out by young people which is as follows:

Home Secretary launches Serious Violence Strategy

Home Secretary Amber Rudd set out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs.

Published 9 April 2018


Home Office and The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP


Commissioned by the Home Secretary and backed with £40 million of Home Office funding, the government’s first Serious Violence Strategy marks a major shift in the government’s response to knife crime and gun crime.

It strikes a balance between prevention and robust law enforcement with a new £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund for community projects to help young people live lives free from violence.

The strategy identifies the changing drugs market – in particular the devastating impact of crack cocaine – as a key driver of the violence harming our communities and announces a range of powerful actions to tackle the issue of ‘county lines’ and its implications for drugs, violence and exploitation of vulnerable people.

That includes £3.6 million to establish a new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre.

The Home Secretary will launch the Serious Violence Strategy at an event in London today to an audience of community groups, public sector partners and industry representatives, including organisations and charities she has met in recent weeks.

She will also announce that she will lead a new Serious Violence Taskforce which will bring together the voluntary sector, local government, police and other key sectors to ensure the strategy is delivered effectively.

In her speech she is expected to say:

This strategy represents a real step-change in the way we think about and respond to these personal tragedies, these gruesome violent crimes which dominate the front pages of our newspapers with seemingly depressing regularity.

A crucial part of our approach will be focusing on and investing more in prevention and early intervention.

We need to engage with our young people early and to provide the incentives and credible alternatives that will prevent them from being drawn into crime in the first place. This in my view is the best long-term solution.

Because what better way to stop knife crime than by stopping young people from picking up knives in the first place?

The strategy stresses the importance of early intervention to tackle the root causes of serious violence and steer young people away from crime in the first place, while ensuring the police continue to have the tools and support they need to tackle violent crime.

It states that about half the rise in robbery, knife and gun crime is due to improvements in police recording. For the remainder, drug-related cases seem to be an important driver. Between 2014 to 2015 and 2016 to 2017, homicides where either the victim or suspect were known to be involved in using or dealing illicit drugs increased from 50% to 57%. Crack cocaine markets have strong links to serious violence and evidence suggests crack use is rising in England and Wales due to a mix of supply and demand factors.

The strategy sets out how drug-market violence may also be facilitated and spread by social media, with a small minority of people using social media to glamorise gang or drug-selling life, taunt rivals and normalise weapons-carrying.

The Home Secretary will go on to say:

We will take the comprehensive approach necessary to make sure that our sons and daughters are protected and our streets are safe.

As a government we will never stand by while acid is thrown or knives wielded.

I am clear that we must do whatever it takes to tackle this so that no parent has to bury their child.

In addition to the £40 million of Home Office funding to deliver the strategy in the next 2 years, it references the following.

The Home Office’s £13 million Trusted Relationships Fund, through which the Home Office is providing £13 million over the next 4 years to pilot approaches which provide support to young people at risk of sexual exploitation, gang exploitation and peer abuse in England. The fund will support work to help young people to build positive and trusted relationships with adults who are there to support them, which may help prevent not only their risk of abuse but also involvement in violent offences, for example through child criminal exploitation.

The £40 million Youth Investment Fund, launched in September 2017 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Education and the Big Lottery Fund to boost local ‘open access’ youth provision in 6 targeted disadvantaged areas in England. Over 300,000 young people are expected to benefit from increased access to a range of activities that help them develop their skills and build positive relationships. This will include young people affected by violence.

£90 million of ‘dormant accounts’ money, which will support disadvantaged and disengaged young people with their transition to work.

The Troubled Families Programme, which has £920 million for local authorities to work with 400,000 families between 2015 and 2020.

 In my opinion it is not the fault of young people as they no role-models to look up to. I heard comedienne Andi Osho say this on one of her stand up comedy nights at Live at the Apollo. Due to the government cuts there is no youth centres available for the young people to go to it is unacceptable as they really have no choice but to turn to crime and violence. Also just like mental health sufferers they’re stigmatised because of this matter. I just hope and pray that the government starts getting their act together and deal with this issue  fast to prevent any more young people losing their lives due to this matter! However, like I said in the beginning it all comes down to the child and their upbringing. For example, if the child sees one or both of their parents abusing each other by violence, or using alcohol or drugs. So as result of result of this, later on in the child’s life they may follow suit as they’ve seen their parents do it they believe that it is a good thing to do or way to behave. A spiritual teacher who originates from India called Sri Sathya Sai Baba says the following quote which backs up this theory of mine.
“Do good, see good, be good”

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