Hopeful kids don't riot, says British youth worker

12th August 2011, Comments 4 comments

Patrick Regan, founder of youth charity XLP, has witnessed social disintegration in southeast London in the past 15 years. To overcome this and develop their potential, he says kids need early intervention and mentoring.

4 Comments To This Article

  • tony posted:

    on 8th September 2011, 09:39:34 - Reply

  • Covlocks posted:

    on 12th August 2011, 22:44:57 - Reply

    There is no excusing what has happened. The do-gooding amatuer phsycologists blame upbringing, a poor childhood, discontent etc etc. The fact is these "rioters" are brainless morons who just are joining up to rob, fight and destroy things because they think it makes then feel and look big with their friends.

    A minimum of £10,000 fine per person community service, all of which is enforced (which would be a first in this nanny state) may be a reality check for these thugs.
  • Deeno posted:

    on 12th August 2011, 12:34:59 - Reply

    Agree!! It's lack of education and parents have to take large part of the blame for this.Britain has a world class education system (of course it has flaws) but people don't make use of it. No point blaming the system.

    In this case looters were Teaching assistants/mentors, an Olympic ambassador,charity worker, life guard etc.They had enough hope for themselves and others. So where is the excuse? There is none!!
  • woods posted:

    on 12th August 2011, 10:53:16 - Reply

    I think it would be more accurate to say that educated kids don't riot. The key is education.