There is considerable international interest in the ways arts- and drama-based education might benefit young people, especially those with limited access to cultural opportunities. The potential contribution of arts- and drama-based interventions to rehabilitating “young offenders” or improving the resilience of those identified as “at risk” of offending has also been emphasised. In the national context which forms the focus of this chapter, a strategic partnership between the Youth Justice Board, which oversees youth (i.e., juvenile) justice services in England and Wales, and Arts Council England, the national arts development agency, has recently encouraged such initiatives and highlighted existing work. Although official evaluations are often positive, critical criminologists have tended to be cautious when assessing the capacity of short-term projects to address youth crime/criminalization and the structural problems with which these issues are associated. In this chapter, we explore methodological innovations which offer the possibility of more fully engaging with the aesthetic and political dimensions of drama-based interventions and advocate a participatory arts-based approach to research and evaluation practice.
|Title of host publication||Alternative Offender Rehabilitation and Social Justice|
|Editors||Janelle Joseph, Wesley Crichlow|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 1 Sep 2014|