Exploring the impact of community crime and violence on the welfare of children in Moneymore, North Drogheda, Co. Louth
Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork
Gangland crime and its associated violence has been on the rise across the island of Ireland for the past two decades. Irish based research on this social phenomenon is in its infancy with the majority of existing studies focusing on the organised crime aspect of this societal problem. The impact that community crime and violence has on the welfare of children has not been examined in Irish research to date. International research tells us that exposure to community crime and violence has profound short-term and long-term consequences for a child’s welfare and future outcomes. This study aims to bridge this knowledge gap by exploring with professionals their perspectives on how the socio-environmental conditions of neighbourhoods impact the welfare and well-being of children growing up in high crime communities. The current study was undertaken through a CARL collaboration with professionals and community members located in the Moneymore housing estate in Drogheda. Data was gathered from seventeen participants using The World Café research method. Findings from the research indicate that for children growing up in this community their exposure to gang-related crime and violence has adverse outcomes for their welfare and well-being. The importance of a cohesive community response that includes all stakeholders to address these adverse outcomes was also highlighted in the research.
Moneymore Community Consortium , Community crime and violence , Welfare of children , Gangland crime , World Café research method
Walsh, L. (2020) Exploring the impact of community crime and violence on the welfare of children in Moneymore, North Drogheda, Co. Louth. Cork: Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork.