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UNICEF Tough is Not Enough Getting Smart About Youth Crime

UNICEF Tough is Not Enough Getting Smart About Youth Crime

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Tough is not Enough
 – Getting Smart about Youth Crime
 A review of research on what works to reduce offending by young people
By Kaye LMcLarenMinistry of Youth Affairs June 2000
Published byMinistry of Youth Affairs48 Mulgrave StreetPO Box 10-3000, WellingtonNew ZealandPh: 64 04 471 2158, Fax: 64 04 471 2233Email: info@youthaffairs.govt.nzInternet: www.youthaffairs.govt.nzCopies are available from the Ministry of Youth Affairs June 2000©Ministry of Youth AffairsISBN 0-477-01913-7
Offending by young people is of great concern to New Zealanders, particularly given theperception that serious and violent offending by young people is increasing. Effective measuresare needed to bring youth crime rates down. An investigation of what might actually succeed indoing this is therefore timely.This literature review sets out to answer the question “what works to reduce crime by youngpeople?” The brief answer is “a great deal”. Rigorous international research shows that manythings work to stop young people offending, and some things don’t work. As well as describingthe interventions which the best research shows are effective, the review goes beyond this toidentify the broad principles that underpin successful interventions.We know from international research that crime is one of the results when young people fail todo well in the four environments of positive development. These involve success in family,school/work, positive peer group and community development. One of the clearestcharacteristics of interventions that work is that they help young people start to succeed in oneor more of these areas.This review is a valuable resource for people working on solving the problem of youth crime,from policy analysts to programme providers, and I am pleased that the Ministry of Youth Affairshas been able to contribute to it.Anne CarterActing Chief ExecutiveMinistry of Youth Affairs

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