In the Media

Youth clubs can be bad for you, says report

PUBLISHED January 20, 2005

Hanging out aimlessly at youth clubs is so bad for teenagers they would be better off in front of the television at home, according to unpublished government research.

Margaret Hodge, the minister for children and young people, yesterday revealed that a study concludes that, far from supporting teenagers, clubs offering too little to youngsters could even help turn them to crime, drag down their performance at school and give them a lasting smoking habit.