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All-Wales Centre to help shape policy

26 November 2010


Cardiff has joined with six other universities across Wales to form the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice.

Part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the initiative brings together experts in criminology, social policy, law and psychology from Cardiff Aberystwyth, Bangor, Glamorgan, Glyndŵr, Newport and Swansea, to enhance the scale and impact of crime related research in Wales.

The Centre, which has close links with the Welsh Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods, the Universities Police Science Institute, and the University’s Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, will bridge devolved and non-devolved policy areas, including both criminal justice responses to crime and strategies which aim to tackle the roots of offending and anti-social behaviour.

Offering high quality, policy-relevant research at a pan-Wales level, as well as advice, training, seminars and workshops, it will be a valuable resource for the Welsh Assembly Government and other governmental, public, private and third sector organisations.

Wales’ Social Justice Minister Carl Sargeant said, "Although criminal justice is not devolved to Wales, we still have an important role to play in reducing crime and keeping our neighbourhoods safe. Community Safety Partnerships for example unite police offers with residents, to find local solutions to local issues.

"Collaborations such as the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice can provide the information we need to shape our crime busting policies, and help us understand what works and what doesn’t."

Professor Gordon Hughes, from the University’s Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and said: "This is an exciting venture which will allow the University’s world-leading expertise on crime prevention, policing, community safety, and comparative research on economic crimes to feed directly into national policy and practice. This research collaboration will help to shape crime and social policy for Wales ensuring distinctive, inclusive, just and supportive responses to problems caused by crime and anti-social behaviour."

Coinciding with the launch at the Senedd, the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice co-hosted with the Welsh Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods an inaugural seminar, Criminology for Social Justice, at the Wales Millennium Centre. Among the issues explored were linking research, policy and practice in the field of substance misuse in Wales and the lessons to be learnt from the Swansea Bureau’s innovative work with young people in trouble.

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