A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime, published today, says there is a “disturbing correlation” between children excluded from school and those involved in ‘county lines’ gang exploitation. iNews reports.
While the report admits that correlation does “not mean that exclusion was directly causing young people to carry knives”, experts told the MPs they believed criminal gangs were “aware of how school exclusion could increase vulnerability and were seeking to exploit this”.
“They reported cases where they believed gangs had deliberately set out to engineer the exclusion of pupils – for example by giving them a knife to carry in school,” the report adds.
The group is calling on league tables to be reformed so schools remain accountable for the results of pupils they exclude, which it said would give schools an incentive to work to avoid exclusions of vulnerable pupils.
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