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Useful Information
AMA provides some simple summaries of relevant information that is particularly useful to arts organisations new to these areas of work and also to students preparing dissertations or essays.

Think tanks

Centre for Social Justice
The Centre for Social Justice is an independent think tank established in 2004 by Ian Duncan Smith to seek effective solutions to the poverty that blight parts of Britain.

Making Sense of Early Intervention: a guide for professionals July 2011

"Locked Up Potential: a strategy for reforming prisons and rehabilitating prisoners" [23/02/2009]

"Dying to Belong: An In-Depth Review of Street Gangs in Britain"

IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research
IPPR, is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank, producing rigorous research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world. Redesigning justice: Reducing crime through justice reinvestment July 2011

A Good Practice Guide for Practitioners: Supporting community and social enterprise in deprived communities

Aiming High for young people: a ten year strategy for positive activities, HM Treasury July 2007

Every Child Matters ‘Joint planning and commissioning framework’
April 2007

The arts and young people at risk of offending strategy
Arts Council England, 2005

Children, young people and the arts strategy
Arts Council England, 2005

The Impact of Blagg on Challenging and Reducing Offending by Young People
CATR (2003)


Adams, B, The Art of Engagement:
a Handbook for using the Arts in Pupil Referral Units, darts ,2007
(purchase via email request to:

Providing the best:
Guidance for artists and arts organisations on assessing the quality of activities provided for children and young people, Arts Council England, 2006 (available as free download)

Keeping arts safe 2005:
Guidance for artists and organisations on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, Arts Council England, 2005 2nd Edition (available as free download)

Crime Concern (2005) PAYP Good Practice Guide
No longer available!

Case studies

Everitt, A & Hamilton, R (2003) Arts Health and Community: A study of five arts in community health projects, CAHHM, University of Durham

Ings,R, (2004) Creating Chances: Arts interventions in Pupil Referral Units and Learning Support Units, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Stephens, A.W.& Gladstone, B.M. (2002) Learning not Offending, Effective Interventions to tackle youth transition to crime in Europe, RPS Rainer, Westerham, Kent

Evidence and evaluation

Hirst, E, & Robertshaw, D, (2003) Breaking the cycle of failure – examining the impact of arts activity on young people attending Pupil Referral Units in Doncaster, darts
(available as PDF via email request to:

Hughes, J, Ed: Miles, A, and McLewin, A, Doing the Arts Justice: A review of research literature, practice and theory’, Arts Council England (2004)

Matarasso, F, (1997) Use or Ornament? The Social Impact of Participation in the Arts. Comedia (register on their site for free download)

Wilkin,A, Gulliver,C, Kinder,K, (2005) Serious Play: an evaluation of arts activities in Pupil Referral Units and Learning Support Units’, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Woolf,F, (2004) Partnerships for learning: a guide to evaluating arts education projects, Arts Council England

Time Well Spent lessons learned from Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’ evaluations of music programmes in prisons, ITT, (2006)

Other useful info

What are CDRPs and what do they do?
CDRPs - also known as Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships or Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) - are key to every Local Authority provision. This short summary guides you through some of the maze of acronyms and

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