Source: (2007) Monograph 136, Institute for Security Studies.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) subcontracted the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to undertake a child participation study on children’s involvement in violence, particularly that relating to gangs and other kinds of organised armed violence in the Cape Town metropole. Focus group discussions were to provide an avenue for exploring children’s experiences of living in an environment with high levels of gang activity, their views of why children join gangs, and their views about how children’s engagement in gangs may be prevented and reduced... The monograph begins with a description of the methodology, followed by an analysis of the children’s responses (including their recommendations for prevention and intervention). These responses are then discussed within the context of key literature on child development and delinquency. (excerpt)