Troublesome Youth Groups, Gangs and Knife Carrying in Scotland

Susan McVie, Jon Bannister, Jon Pickering, Susan Batchelor, Michele Burman, Keith Kintrea

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Recent years have witnessed growing concern about the existence of youth gangs and the engagement of their members in violent conflict involving knives and other weapons. However, there is limited reliable evidence relating to the nature, form and prevalence of youth ‘gangs’ and knife carrying in Scotland. Based on interviews with agency representatives and young people involved in gangs and knife crime, this research report provides an overview of the nature and extent of youth gang activity and knife carrying in 5 Scottish case study locations. It also reveals a detailed picture of the structures and activities of youth gangs in these settings and offers a series of recommendations for interventions to reduce or prevent such behaviour based on this evidence.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherScottish Government
Number of pages90
ISBN (Electronic)9780755995981
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


  • gangs
  • troublesome youth groups
  • knife carrying
  • Scotland


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