Exploring the impact of music on children at risk of contact with the criminal justice system
AbstractPurpose Previous research has demonstrated the positive impact of participation in a music programme run by a Youth Offending Team in England. While the previous research focused solely on children involved with the criminal justice system, this current paper reports findings from research extended to young people identified as ‘at risk’ of involvement with the criminal justice system, vulnerable, or disengaged. Design/methodology/approach A mixed-methods approach was taken, using quantitative measures of the primary outcomes (educational engagement, well-being, musical development, and& attitudes and & behaviour), complemented and extended by semi-structured interviews with a sample of participants. Findings Analysis of the quantitative data from 57 participants showed significant improvements in self-reported engagement with education, musical ability, and well-being. In-depth interviews with 11 participants added a depth of understanding about children’s experiences of the programme and the impact they felt, providing a safe space and improved confidence and well-being. Originality This paper builds on previous research in schools and youth justice settings by presenting findings on the impact of a music programme on the educational engagement and wellbeing of children identified as at-risk of offending, vulnerable, or disengaged.
CitationCaulfield, L. and Sojka, B. (2023) Exploring the impact of music on children at risk of contact with the criminal justice system", Safer Communities, 22(2), pp. 121-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/SC-08-2022-0032
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Safer Communities on 02/02/2023. The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1108/SC-08-2022-0032
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