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Prevention and Reduction: A review of strategies for intervening early to prevent or reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour

This review is aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of the key characteristics of ‘what works’ in terms of early interventions to prevent or reduce youth crime or anti-social behaviour. By drawing on evidence from the international literature, primarily the US where the evidence base is especially strong, we are able to provide a critical evaluation of youth crime interventions in England, where the scientific evidence is less robust. This collation of the best evidence and expert opinion will support the development of the strongest and most promising approaches. At the same time we identify gaps in the evidence and make recommendations for further research.