Youth Criminality and Personal Safety Assignment

Youth Criminality and Personal Safety: Part Two (UBHM8W-15-M) Assignments
University of the West of England - UWE Bristol

1. Assignment Brief

Under a new government initiative in your country, crime prevention agencies and workers have been invited to apply for funding to establish a violence prevention programme in specified neighbourhoods or communities. An annual grant of £125,000 (pounds sterling or your national currency equivalent) is on offer for an initial period of three years for programmes that are approved by the funding committee. Your assignment is to come up with a proposal that will attract this grant.

You should: describe your chosen neighbourhood or community (which could be a geographic or social community), why they have particular needs to prevent violence, present relevant research (and reference it), indicate how you will spend the money, how the programme will link to and build on mainstream agency activities, how it might become sustainable in the longer term without project funding, how the programme will be managed, monitored and evaluated. In other words you should write a winning application of the type required by many government funding regimes and charitable foundations. However, as this is also an academically assessed piece of work, we will need referencing to all research and publications cited in support of your proposal.

Your assignment should run to approximately 2,500 words. If you need to, you can add appendices over and above this word count.

Your assignment should analyse the problems of the chosen location or community in relation to the various theories and research into personal safety, conflict resolution and violence prevention. Likewise, your proposed “solutions” should be based on, and refer to, proven theories and empirical evaluation of successful practice elsewhere. You should reference the publications or sources where the evidence for these can be found. It is up to you how you choose to angle the programme; it could, for example, be a broad-based publicity and media campaign, an early intervention project to prevent the cycle of violence, an educational or behavioural programme, a harm-reduction network of refuges and supports, an advice and therapy centre, or any other effective initiative or combination of interventions.

The figure of £125,000 annual funding is merely offered as a fairly realistic "ball-park" indicator for the size and ambition of the work you could achieve. Do not become too obsessed with detailed costings - this is not the primary intention of this assignment. You may also be able to "lever in" additional resources in cash or in kind as part of your initiative.

Our assessment of your assignment will reflect not only its substantive content but also your ability to organise and present your data in a logical, coherent, analytical, well structured and grammatically sound manner.

2. Learning objectives

The module lists the learning objectives, which you may wish to use as a checklist to help you prepare for your written work. Your entries in your log journal under the respective learning objectives should also make a good reference point for starting this assignment.

3. Assessment criteria

We will be basing our assessment of your assignment on evidence of the following:

h Achievement and integration of the learning objectives for this module.

h Augmentation of the theories and principles discussed in the module with additional material drawn from experience or further reading on the subject.

h Original thinking that elaborates or challenges the arguments and opinions conveyed in the module. h Ability to communicate research findings, opinions and practical accounts in a clear and logical manner.

An example of the marking matrix that we use in UWE is included as template 3 in the 'Templates' folder.

4. Weighting of marks

This assignment counts towards 50% of your final mark for this unit. The remaining

50% will be based on the assessment of your log journal.

5. Submission dates

If you have not already done so, you should contact us to negotiate the deadline for completing this assignment. We would normally expect you to complete your assignment within 3 to 6 months of starting the module. If you think it is going to take you longer, you will need to discuss this with us. We will aim to return your marked assignment and log journal within four weeks of receiving them.

6. Sources of guidance and information

You may wish to refer to one of the many guides available. These can be found on the UWE library website [http://www.uwe.ac.uk]. On the right of the page, select 'Study and information skills'. This section contains guidance on study skills and referencing guides.

For the content of the funding application, you should find most of the research information you require in the module text, but you will need to do additional data gathering for your chosen target area or community and also try to look at some successful funding applications for crime prevention activities.

7. University assessment regulations

The Youth Criminality and Crime Prevention module is a Level M standard module.

Under the University assessment regulations, each module will be marked on fail,

pass or distinction basis. There are standard University procedures for appealing against marks and you are entitled to receive these details if you want to appeal. If you fail your assignment, you may re-submit your work once, having amended it in the light of feedback from the subject tutor. Work that is re-submitted is given a pass mark only.