Total place: a fad, friend or foe to future directions in crime prevention?

Uthayasooriyan, Sinthuja (2010) Total place: a fad, friend or foe to future directions in crime prevention? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The role of local authorities in crime prevention has been an issue of interest for the last 30 years (Button and Loveday, 2010, p.157). During this time, there has been an increase in practices devolving central government control to local authorities, most of which occurred during Labour’s term in office starting with the implementation of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. A central component to devolving practices, commonly known as "localism", is through the formation of partnerships. An example of this can be seen in the Total Place initiative, which was an experiment taking the form of 13 pilots across the country that sought to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions through locally-formed partnerships in an effort to achieve better outcomes. This study focuses on four of these pilots, in Birmingham, Bradford, Lewisham, Luton and Central Bedfordshire. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of Total Place through gaining a national audit of perceptions amongst the local and central government employees working within Total Place, and to clarify its influence on future policy directions in crime prevention. This aim was achieved by conducting primary research into the perceptions of participants, which showed Total Place to have considerable support, both currently and as a framework for future developments, in area-based partnerships. Findings also raised concerns over the challenges in achieving successful partnerships.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16

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