The Crime Survey for England and Wales includes interviews with young people aged between 10 and 15 years old. The data gathered in the Crime Survey is used by departments such as the Home Office to gain a more accurate picture of levels of crime and attitudes towards the police. This information is used to help them work towards reducing crimes against young people.
In order to effectively tackle and help to prevent crimes against young people it is important that we find out about the views and experiences of young people from the young people themselves. As a result of the 10-15 year olds survey important new information about young people and crime has been discovered. For example, we now know that 10-15 year olds are more likely to be a victim of violent crime than adults are; a finding that would not otherwise have been highlighted.
The 10-15 year olds survey is much shorter than the adult survey lasting only around 15 to 20 minutes; within this are questions on experience of crime, bullying, thoughts on the police, and steps taken to keep belongings safe. There is a section where the young person will type their answers directly into the laptop which covers cyber bullying, truanting from school, alcohol and drugs, carrying knives and street gangs.
Any questions can be skipped, simply by saying don’t know or don’t want to answer. All personal information is kept strictly confidential. Names and addresses are not stored with the data, and care is taken that no individual can be identified from the results.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales information leaflet gives information on what the survey will involve and how the information is used.
Young people who take part in the 10-15 year old Crime Survey receive a certificate to thank them for taking part.
Permission will always be obtained from a parent or guardian before any interview is conducted with anyone aged 10-15.