Reducing the fear of crime. Research and development of educational programme of community safety training.
The project aimed to develop a well-researched programme of community safety training for women, young people and children that would build on their experiences and current strategies and combat their anxieties about crime and increase their levels of community activity.
Much of the work done with women, young people and children in the UK around their safety is based on anecdote and biased towards violent stranger attack. This project aimed at looking at the issues objectively examining the most effective skills and strategies to teach and the most effective way of getting the message across.
Women, young people and children are prevented often from taking a full role in the communities they live within because they and their families are anxious about crime and the effects of crime. We were aiming to address therefore not only the likelihood of becoming victimised but also the anxiety about that victimisation. Because of the differences found around Europe in types of acceptable behaviour it was important that this work did not become too Anglo-centric. Work was therefore carried out in Greece to examine the appropriateness of the approach that had been taken in the formulation of a training manual. The work was evaluated by the Centre for Institutional Studies, University of East London.