Youth Violence in Scotland: Literature Review

Susan McVie, Alistair Fraser, Michele Burman, Susan Batchelor

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Youth violence is a contentious public and political issue. A great deal of media attention and public debate is devoted to the phenomenon of youth violence. Yet very little is known about the scale or nature of violence committed by youth, trends in violent youth offending, or the role played by violence in the everyday lives of children and young people in Scotland. The aim of this review, which was commissioned by the Scottish government, was to identify and collate available qualitative and quantitative research data and information about youth violence in Scotland, in order to construct a research-informed picture of ‘what is currently known’ about youth violence in Scotland. It was also intended to form part of a wider programme of work on youth violence currently being conducted within the Scottish Government including an ongoing audit of official data sources. This review was also intended to enhance awareness of potential gaps in recording procedures within the Scottish Government for capturing data on youth violence, identify areas in which there is a particular dearth of information about youth violence, and suggest areas for future research.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherScottish Government
Commissioning bodyScottish Government Social Research
Number of pages88
ISBN (Print)9780755996803
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • youth violence, Scotland, research evidence, police recorded crime, Scottish Crime and Justice Survey


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