The previous two chapters sought to provide a reflective account of gang and youth violence at the turn of the twentieth century, exploring how interventionist strategies, cultural and political changes, contributed to tackling knife crime and violence in Scotland. Drawing predominantly upon the voices of teenagers and young people, this chapter explores the difficulties they face today. In accordance with emergent themes from the data, and given that the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the National Crime Agency have all highlighted the significant threat posed by drug abuse and serious organised crime related to the illegal supply of narcotics, it was perhaps not surprising to find drug supply, and drug misuse, at the forefront of the young people’s narratives. Therefore, this chapter explores drug supply and the impact on young people, as well as their own descriptions of their roles in drug distribution networks.
Building upon insights that looked at the implantation of the public health approach as a means of effectively tackling Scotland’s gang problem, the previous two chapters drew upon the voices of ex-offenders and practitioners. Doing so enabled a periodic comparative analysis that explored the true impact from the perspectives of those involved in and addressing gang and youth violence in the west of Scotland. Discussing what life was like prior to, during and immediately after the implementation of the public health approach to violence prevention, Chapter 4 demonstrated the way immersion in interventions with a focus on inclusion, support and compassion supported desistance journeys.
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