Critically consider the relationship between child development and crime.

Critically consider the relationship between child development and crime. What are the implications for crime prevention?

This has long been an interest in the relationship between child development and crime later in life. Developmental provision about mobilising individuals, families, schools and communities to prevent the development of problems later in life. Doing so is not without challenges. In this essay, first identify a set of themes regarding the relationship between development and later crime.  Draw on empirical evidence and think critically. Next, set out what this means for crime prevention practice.

Start with the key reading:

  • Homel, R. and Thomsen, L. (2017) Tilley, N. and Sidebottom, A. (eds) The Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. London: Routledge. 

Have a look at

  • McAra, L. and McVie, L. (2017) Developmental and life-course criminology: innovations, impacts, and applications, Lesley McAra and Susan McVie in  Liebling, A.  Maruna, S. and McAra, L. (eds) Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford. Oxford University Press

Have a look at these papers:

  • Sampson, R.J. and Laub, J. (2005) ‘A life-course view of the development of crime’. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 602: 12-45
  • France, A. and Utting, D. (2005) ‘The paradigm of ‘risk and protection focused prevention’ and its impact on services for children and families’, Children and Society, 19, 77-90.

Here is a government briefing note

And another (look at part 1)

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