Examining the effectiveness of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs on crime prevention and community safety
Cross, C and Richards, K and Dwyer, AE, Examining the effectiveness of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs on crime prevention and community safety, A report to the Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association, Crime and Justice Research Centre, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 1-91. (2015) [Report Other]
PCYCs, individually and as a whole, are highly valued in communities across Queensland. Participants in this evaluation identified numerous benefits of PCYCs, including: providing structured low-cost activities for young people and other community groups; developing positive relationships and trust between young people and police; developing young people into effective citizens; providing a safe place for young people and a hub for whole communities; addressing disadvantages faced by young people; and fostering social inclusion. Depending on the particular activities and programs delivered by a branch, PCYCs have the capacity to minimise risk factors and enhance protective factors relating to young people’s involvement in crime. For example, PCYCs can play an important role in strengthening young people’s engagement with education and family. However, the crime prevention and community safety aims of PCYCs, and measures that might work towards these aims are not widely- or well-understood, or appreciated, by those working in and with PCYCs. The key recommendation of this evaluation is therefore that the crime prevention and community safety aims of PCYCs in Queensland need to be better articulated, understood and reflected in the practice of those working in and with PCYCs. A related key finding is that many of the activities and programs currently provided by PCYCs could be better oriented towards the goals of crime prevention and community safety without major resource implications.
young people, crime prevention, community safety, PCYC, police, evaluation