In 2008, a comprehensive list of cross-governmental measures was laid out in the ‘Youth crime action plan’ (YCAP). These measures were aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour and the number of young people entering the criminal justice system by 20% by 2020.
Public confidence in youth crime practice and policy is a central principle in establishing stronger and safer communities. The community is seen as playing a central role in crime prevention, not least because the public tend to overestimate the crime problem.
This study aimed to look beyond the official crime statistics and understand more about the views of communities in the areas where youth crime and anti-social behaviour has been a significant local issue (and subsequently where YCAP has been targeted).