'Loafers' – The prevention of juvenile delinquency among risk-prone youth in the suburbs of Pécs
The city of Pécs has average levels of criminality in Hungary. The City Council of Pécs passed the city's crime-prevention plan in April 2004, and this model project was the first step in complying with the tasks based on the legal obligations of the concept. The model project received financial support from the National Crime Prevention Board of the Ministry of Justice.
The project aims at decreasing the number of young people (aged between 16 and 25, who are outside the formal education system and unemployed) who spend their spare time on the streets increasing the danger of them becoming juvenile criminals and victims. The number of acts of violence related to the consumption of alcohol and drugs (street robbery, breach of the peace, nuisance and assault) committed on the streets of two of Pécs suburbs by this group of young people has significantly increased in the last few years. A survey was conducted to identify the numbers and people at risk and the project established an early warning system for those at risk. This was supported by a network of youth work volunteers who organised and encouraged free-time activities and provided training related to drug and alcohol prevention, healthy lifestyle, self-esteem, and career counselling.
The project started in 2004 and is now finished.
Last review: September 2017.