In this lesson we consider what we understand by the word 'crime'. We will consider the difference between right and wrong and identify where our ideas of this come from. We will also differentiate between civil and criminal law to show what a crime really is.
Unit: What is crime?
In this lesson we will investigate some reasons why people might commit a crime. We will consider stereotypes and how we perceive those who commit crime and look at how not all follow these stereotypes.
In this lesson we will look at the role of the police. We consider their part in the justice system and the main powers they have to be able to tackle crime. We will also re-cap on what a crime is to consider what types of issues the police become involved in.
In this lesson we will look at how the media portrays youth crime and compare this to some statistical data about youth crime. We will use a case study to identify how the media uses sensationalisation to dramatise youth crime and what a group of young people see are the issues of this, and how they feel this could be a tackled.
In this lesson we will consider a range of strategies that can be used to prevent crime. We consider which of these are enforcable within communities. We look at the role of Neighbourhood Watch and discuss with them the things communities can do to prevent crime. We also focus on how young people can be involved in preventing crime in their local areas.
In this lesson we will look at what a successful campaign could look like. We will use the Ben Kinsella Trust as an example of a successful crime prevention strategy. We will look at their aims, actions and impact considering active citizenship skills and evaluate how successful their crime prevention strategy has been. This lesson covers murder. If this is a sensitive topic to you, we recommend checking with a trusted adult before starting or doing the lesson with a trusted adult nearby.
Units in Citizenship
Units in Rights, justice and law
- Citizenship - What’s it all about?
- What are our identities and communities?
- What rights should all children have?
- How does local democracy work?
- What is crime?
- How can we make a difference in our communities?
- How does the political system work in the UK?
- How does the media affect us?
- What is the law and how is it changed?
- How can citizens bring about change?
- Why was the struggle for the vote important today?
- What can we do about global problems?
- How is the UK governed?
- Are people treated equally in UK society?
- Why do people move around the world?
- How can we manage money well?
- Can digital democracy increase political participation?
- How can young people play an active role in democracy?