Youth Voices Project
Future Communities have recently finished the Youth Voices project, funded by the National Lotterys Awards For All scheme.
We interviewed young people aged 11 to 18 in the London Borough of Bexley about their experiences and opinions of, crime and anti-social behaviour and how it has affected them and their community.
Our findings can be summarised as -
·Most crimes that our respondents were victims of were against the person, in a public place and involved assault and/or robbery.
·In most cases the crimes were relatively minor and no serious injuries or loss occurred.
·Young people were mostly concerned about gangs in their local area, a term which was used as a general description for groups of peers who cause trouble.
·Most of our respondents had not participated in crime or ASB but many had low level contact with the police and authority, especially when out in a group.
·Respondents generally felt safe in their local area.
·Young people recognised the value of youth facilities and services even if they were not regular users of them, but thought they should be better publicised.
·Young people saw supporting youth services and making the streets safer as their priorities for reducing crime and making their area a safer place.
The full version of the report will be available from our website in the near future.
The project has also developed an exit strategy based on work with other local community organisations, for more details on this please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org