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NCJ Number: 212177 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding and Engaging Deprived Communities
Author(s): Margaret Camina
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Information and Publications Group
United Ki
Date Published: July 2004
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London SW1H 9AT, England
Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1 84473 239 8
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Communication Development Unit
Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Room 264, Home Office
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study explored the perceptions of deprived, high-crime communities in England and Wales held by different groups living and working in the larger community.
Abstract: The study was undertaken as a small complimentary study to the National Evaluation of On Track, a pilot project in England and Wales providing interventions for children and families who reside in areas of high deprivation and high crime. This report presents findings related to how children, parents, residents, local politicians and leaders, professionals, and service providers view high-crime areas of the community, including their perceptions of risk and how this perception varies by age, gender, and ethnicity. Focus groups and individual interviews with participants from all target groups were conducted within four On Track areas of England and Wales. Qualitative analysis of the data indicated that the four areas under investigation were not viewed as one homogenous unit, but rather as many sub-communities that varied by geography, income, gender, and ethnicity. The areas under investigation were perceived by adults and children alike as areas with bad reputations, which were reinforced by media coverage of the areas and by professional networks. Teenagers were often viewed, by both adults and children, as the cause of many of the problems involving nuisance and anti-social behavior. Most participants expressed a desire for more visible policing efforts in the areas and more availability of easily accessible, safe meeting places and opportunities for self-empowerment. Policy implications are discussed and include the need for community engagement in area-wide initiatives, especially in terms of planning and implementation. References, appendix
Main Term(s): High crime areas; Urban area studies
Index Term(s): Attitude measurement; England; Perception; Wales
Note: Home Office Online Report 07/04; downloaded November 28, 2005.
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