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The characteristics of persistent young offenders

This project will explore the characteristics of repeat young offenders in Hampshire.

Key details

Lead institution
Principal researcher(s)
Name witheld
Police region
South East
Collaboration and partnership

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.

Level of research
Project start date
Date due for completion

Research context

Study One (Rapid Review)

Profile for persistent offending among young offenders nationally.


To identify the most important risk factors associated with young people aged 10-17 years old that re-offend in the United Kingdom.

To examine whether the profile identified from Study 1 can be used to predict Hampshire’s repeat young offenders profile in Study 2.

Study Two (OPCC for Hampshire)

Profile for persistent offending among young offenders locally.


To explore the characteristics of young people that re-offend in Hampshire.

Research methodology

Study One (Rapid Review)

The methods used in primary research will include:

  • Population: Children and adolescents that re-offend
  • Age: 10 -17 year olds
  • Setting: Police Custody, Prison, Community, Court, social services, Mixed
  • Sampling procedures: Cohort follow-up design (opportunity or purposeful)
  • Outcome: General and/or Violent (including sexual) Recidivism
  • Country: United Kingdom including Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Details of study coding categories

  • Year of study (2001 to 2021)
  • Age of participants (10 -17; 18 -19 year olds on re-offence or re-conviction)
  • Gender of participants (all genders)
  • Country of study (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man,)
  • Setting (youth custody, youth offending services, charity organisation)
  • Recidivism type (violation/breach of conditions, crimes against property, crimes against a person, general and sexual offending)
  • Criminogenic needs/risk factors identified

Study Two (OPCC for Hampshire)

  • InterAct Data - To analysis the characteristics/criminogenic needs of young people that offend in Hampshire
  • Focus group interviews with Youth Offending Team staff in Hampshire.
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