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Young Offenders Evidence Review

This review was commissioned by Youth Music in March 2011 with the purpose of identifying evidence concerning the impact of music making on young people within the youth justice system. It seeks to add to the knowledge base on the effects of music-based work with young people by providing an up-to-date synthesis of published research and evaluation of music projects in youth justice settings.

Review Aim
To gather and, if possible, synthesise evidence on the outcomes of music-making with children and young people in the youth justice system (including preventative and rehabilitative approaches).

The report draws on three areas of work:

  1. A systematic evidence review of the published, English language international literature on music-making with children and young people in justice settings.
  2. An evidence and best practice review of the ‘grey’ literature including UK project reports focusing on music-making in the youth justice system.
  3. A review of projects with young offenders funded by Youth Music since 1999.