EUCPN Thematic Paper no. 1 - Sport, science and art in the prevention of crime among children and youth

EUCPN Thematic Paper no. 1 - Sport, science and art in the prevention of crime among children and youth

This paper explores theoretical frameworks used for understanding the relationship between leisure activities and the prevention of youth crime. It is examined whether scientific research has yielded empirical support for these theoretical perspectives. This discussion is illustrated by means of examples of good or promising projects for each field (sports, art, science). It is concluded that leisure can be regarded as an important context for youth crime prevention. In practice however, there appears to be little scientific evidence for these mechanisms. Therefore, it is difficult to identify good or promising practices within this field.