Youth design against crime : a catalyst for change amongst young people

Wootton, A ORCID:, Davey, C ORCID: and Marselle, MR 2011, Youth design against crime : a catalyst for change amongst young people , in: Endless End, 4th to 7th May 2011, Porto, Portugal.

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The literature reveals a number of programmes across Europe to involve young people in design, planning and/or community safety. This paper describes a programme developed by the Design Against Crime Solution Centre in partnership with the young people's charity Catch22 that engages young people in design-led crime prevention—Youth Design Against Crime (YDAC). The programme is novel in that it targets young people labelled as ‘at risk of offending’ or ‘problem individuals’ by the police or education system. Supported by youth workers and teachers, and mentored by local police officers, teams of young people are challenged to address issues of crime and community safety occurring in the area in which they live using a process of research and design developed by the Solution Centre. Three such YDAC projects have been initiated to date. This paper shows how the development of research, team working, creative thinking and design skills can enable groups of young people labelled ‘problem individuals’ to develop solutions to real problems in their communities and convince key stakeholders of the value of their design ideas.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: European Academy of Design
Publisher: EAD
Refereed: Yes
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Depositing User: Dr Caroline L Davey
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 15:08
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 18:03

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