Frances Done, the YJB's chairman, said: 'This survey shows the majority of children are law-abiding and know right from wrong.
'Unfortunately there is still a minority that can blight the lives of their community with their offending.' In relation to the proportion of girls getting involved in crime, she said: 'Many of these young women have had difficult childhoods, have been abused or seen violence in the home.' Mrs Done added: 'We shall continue the hard work at local, regional and national levels.
'It is a serious failing of our society that our young people feel the need to arm themselves for protection.' The poll also showed one in six young people claimed to have been involved in a 'happy slapping' attack.
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The CDC will use the results from the cities to look at the cost, feasibility, sustainability and effectiveness of a comprehensive approach to teen dating violence.
The federal agency wants the health department to become the primary agent for dating violence prevention programming in Baltimore.
A crimewave blamed on Labour's 'decade of juvenile delinquency' has seen a huge increase in youth robbery and violence.
The number of offences committed by youngsters aged ten to 17 in the last year was 277,986 - more than one every two minutes.It is part of CDC initiative called Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.Three other cities will also participate in the five-year initiative.We need more police on the beat to tackle this.' Shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve added: 'The surge in female violence, fuelled by binge-drinking, is a damning indictment of this Government's track record in addressing both crime and social breakdown.' Criminologist David Green, of the Civitas think-tank, blamed a rise in single parenthood and a lack of willingness to teach children right from wrong.Dr Green said: 'With young males it is the absence of a father to lay down the law.' He added that the justice system was also at fault, with the courts not handing down stiff enough sentences.The Stanford Social Innovation Review provides this overview of the different ways that nonprofits can raise support for their organization.