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Arts interventions to prevent young people becoming involved in crime

Despite the plethora of arts interventions and associated evaluation studies, there is currently no existing up-to-date systematic review on the effects of a full range of arts interventions for at-risk and offending children and young people (8-25 years) on behavioural, psychosocial, cognitive and offending outcomes. This review will help develop an understanding of the effectiveness of arts interventions in reducing risk and offending behaviours and build evidence on the contextual factors about how effective interventions can be best designed and implemented taking a theory-of-change approach. 

A mixed methods systematic review on the effects of arts interventions for at-risk and offending children and young people (8-25 years) on behavioural, psychosocial, cognitive and offending outcomes. The systematic review will include a theory-of-change approach to ensure the development of an evidence-led framework of the processes by which arts interventions might work in preventing offending behaviours. This commissioned programme of work will support the on-going development of the YEF toolkit through the translation of evidence into accessible, useful and useable information for a range of diverse stakeholders seeking to make decisions about arts interventions, young people and offending behaviour.

The work will support the mission of the YEF to prevent young people from becoming involved in violent crime. 


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Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse

Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse - Inequalities in health and wellbeing in the UK and internationally; welfare, health and wellbeing; ageing studies; health economics.


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Project last modified 11/03/2022