This research examines how ASB-related interventions for young people and their families direct young people away from and/or draw them into the youth justice system. Three key interventions – ASB warnings, Acceptable Behaviour Contracts and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders – will be studied in the context of wider prevention and support work and also family change and youth transitions.
The research will generate empirically-grounded understandings of decision-making processes and any differential impacts by mapping routes into, through, and away from youth justice; examining practitioners’ views about using ASB interventions with different groups of young people; investigating the experiences of interventions as described by young people and their families; and exploring all explanations for any differences in use, experience or impact of interventions by place, ethnicity, gender and age.
The study will collect quantitative and qualitative data from six purposely-selected areas with high concentrations of minority ethnic residents and well-developed ASB monitoring systems.
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Professor Adam CrawfordUniversity of Leeds
Director, WelfareNuffield Foundation