Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP)
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||PO Box 44702, Claremont, Cape Town, 7700|
|Region:||Central and Southern Africa|
|UN Languages:||French, English|
|Other languages:||Afrikaans, Zulu, Tswane|
Other:'Human Rights, Migration, Youth, Children and prevention; Xenophobia, Peace-building'
||The CJCP is Section 21 Company that works to develop, inform and promote evidence-based crime prevention practice, with a particular focus on children and youth. The organization has three primary programmatic areas: research, training and projects. Each area functions as a discrete programme, although the outcomes of each inform and influence the activities of the others. As such, the CJCP is one of the only organizations within South Africa that is able to integrate cutting edge research and theory with the design, implementation and management of social crime prevention practice, as well as providing pertinent training to high level public officials.
Established in 2005, in Cape Town as a spin-off from the Open Society Foundation – South Africa’s
Criminal Justice Initiative (OSF-CJI), the CJCP has three primary areas of activities: research, projects and
training. The CJCP was established to develop, inform and promote evidence-based crime prevention
and safety policy and practice in South Africa, and in the region. The CJCP does this by: Conducting rigorous research into issues of relevance to policy-makers, public service officials, development partners and crime prevention practitioners; Facilitating the implementation of youth crime prevention and safety projects; Providing sector-specific and accredited training in crime prevention for policy-makers, public sector officials and NGO practitioners; and Disseminating the results of its research and lessons learned to relevant audiences.
In the first five years of its existence, the CJCP has undertaken seminal research in South Africa, including the first national youth victimisation, a national schools violence baseline study (with a sample of 13,000), a youth risk resiliency study, cyber-aggression study, and a child and youth lifestyle study. It has developed and had accredited to a SAQA 7 level, a crime prevention management course for senior civil servants, offered through the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public and Development Management, as well as a recently introduced a similar course for local government offered through the University of the Western Cape; developed and implemented, together with the National Department of Education, a school safety toolkit that by 2010 will have been rolled out at over 1000 schools nationally. It has also developed, and implemented, a youth resiliency demonstration project, a project encompassing a range of best practice in working with young people, families, schools and communities towards crime prevention and community safety, and is replicating this approach in three new sites.