Crime and Anti-social Behaviour

It has long been recognised that culture and sport have an important role to play in preventing young people becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

In response to this the National Culture Forum and cCLOA have produced a new policy document entitled The role of Culture and Sport in reducing Crime and Anti Social Behaviour.

In response to this the National Culture Forum (NCF) and cCLOA have produced a new policy document entitled The role of Culture and Sport in reducing Crime and Anti Social Behaviour.

The document has been designed to help providers of culture and sport services better understand community safety and crime reduction agendas. It identifies some of the ways that they can contribute to reducing the actuality and fear of crime through engaging with the right partnerships and provides guidance on better evidencing the contribution the sector can make to local priority outcomes.

A number of practical real world case studies consider the impact of a range of targeted interventions that have a track record of successfully diverting those most at risk of offending through culture and sports based activities.

With the cost of placing one young person in custody for a year at around £45,000, councils and their partners will need to renew the focus on efficient and innovative ways of providing joined up services to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Government policy now links prevention and enforcement as key outcomes in delivering change and it is within the preventative agenda that sport and culture can play an important role in providing better community safety outcomes, perhaps most specifically in the area of ASB.