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Reflective participatory crime prevention education and solution finding through World Café and Forum Theatre with young people and young adults

Sarah Page (School of Justice, Security and Sustainability, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK)

Safer Communities

ISSN: 1757-8043

Article publication date: 9 June 2023

Issue publication date: 16 June 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide reflective practice insights on the use of the participatory approaches of World Café and Forum Theatre as crime prevention education and research tools with young people and young adults through a social learning theory lens.

Design/methodology/approach

Four independent case-studies showcase World Café and Forum Theatre methodology. World Café events investigated new psychoactive substances (NPS) awareness with young hostel users and college pupils (N = 22) and race hate crime with school and college pupils (N = 57). Forum Theatre events explored loan shark crime with college and university students (N = 46) and domestic abuse crime with young hostel users and college and university students (N = 28). Anonymous survey data produced qualitative and descriptive statistical data.

Findings

Learning impacts from participatory crime prevention education and research events were evidenced. Participatory approaches were perceived positively, although large group discussion-based methodologies may not suit all young people or all criminological topics.

Originality/value

Participatory approaches of World Café and Forum Theatre are vehicles for social learning and crime prevention with young people and young adults; eliciting crime victimisation data; and generating personal solutions alongside wider policy and practice improvement suggestions. Whilst World Café elicited greater lived experience accounts providing peer-level social learning, Forum Theatre provided crucial visual role modelling for communicating safeguarding messages.

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Citation

Page, S. (2023), "Reflective participatory crime prevention education and solution finding through World Café and Forum Theatre with young people and young adults", Safer Communities, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 156-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/SC-08-2022-0034

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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