Source: (2005) Youth Justice Vol.4 No.2 pp.117-132

The purpose of this article is to set out Swansea’s response to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and related matters, which encompasses an explicitly universal, positive and young person- focused approach to crime prevention. This stands in contrast to more controlling or punitive practices developed elsewhere. Research into the multi-agency, multiple intervention Promoting Prevention programme has utilized an interactive, computer- based questionnaire with young people aged 11-15 to identify risk and protective factors associated with youth offending in Swansea. This has enabled Promoting Prevention steering group to begin to target appropriate interventions to reduce and prevent youth offending, as reflected in the decrease in official offending locally.