Set up in 1997, the Centre for the Prevention of Youth Crime provides professionals, politicians, media, researchers and those engaged in education and training with information about the concepts, strategies and practices of youth crime prevention. The various approaches to crime prevention currently followed by the Child and Youth services, schools, police and justice are conceptually compared, examined in terms of their prerequisites and the conditions of their success, described with regard to their target groups and overall aims and – as far as possible – evaluated.

Main activities and central perspectives of our research

  • Collecting, processing and analyzing data on delinquency and the victimization of young people in Germany
  • Analyzing practical experiences of crime prevention for children and young people and collecting information about different approaches collected
  • Providing advice and consulting work to professionals and politicians
  • Oriented towards the addressees of prevention programs and their resources
  • Sensitive towards questions of gender and migration

Current topics

Permanent topics

  • (New) media
  • Social work in schools an crime prevention
  • School shootings
  • Repeated/persistent offenders
  • Custodial measures
  • Juveniles in criminal proceedings
  • Migration
  • Cooperation
  • Violence and alcohol


  • Monograph
  • Research paper
  • Booklet
  • Website
  • Presentations
  • Factsheet

For more details see the German website

Youth Crime Prevention in Germany

In recent years a number of innovative strategies have been developed and tested in Germany in connection with preventing crime among children and young people. 

As in many other countries, crime among the younger members of society has become a subject of intense public debate in Germany, and the question ‘what can be done about it?’ will continue to occupy all those active in the youth services, the police, the legal system and education. The major issues to be addressed are: How can cooperation between institutions be improved? How can a systematic exchange of ideas and experiences be promoted? How can the effectiveness of provisions and measures be evaluated? How can experience gained in other countries best be applied in Germany?

Support for Young Victims of Crime: a comparison

With Sara Thunberg (Örebro University, Sweden) Diana Willems, Annemarie Schmoll and Annalena Yngborn published a text  in the European Journal of Criminology. It compares the support to young victims of crime in Sweden and Germany to see what can be learned between the countries regarding, for example, the organization and specialization.

A critical perspective: Children and young people as so-called “intensive offenders”

Here is a text, written by Bernd Holthusen, that describes the concept of the “intensive offender” and the way child and youth services, the police and the justice system deal with this group of children and young people in Germany.


An overview: Child and youth services in terms of crime prevention

Below, you find a text, written by Dr. Sabrina Hoops and Bernd Holthusen, concerning the structure and tasks of child and youth services in terms of (pedagogical) crime prevention in Germany.


Research project: Pathways to delinquency in between Youth Services and Justice

The project ‚Pathways to delinquency in between Youth Services and Justice‘ (2011-2014) focused violent male juveniles as addressee of Youth Services and Justice in Germany.

final report (in German)

A Report: Strategies of Violence Prevention

With their Decision dated 26th June 2003, the Head of the State Governments (henceforth MPK) re-emphasised that following the dreadful events at the Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt, the entire social alliance for the rejection of violence and its glorification must be supported at the highest political levels.

more Informations

Interested to get in contact with the Centre for the Prevention of Youth Crime?

If you are interested in knowledge exchange or cooperation, please don't hesitate to contact us. We

  • provide information on approaches to youth crime prevention
  • promote the exchange of knowledge among institutions and individuals involved in youth crime prevention
  • promote the establishment of quality controls
  • propose innovative projects and implementing them for a limited length of time
  • assist  in the evaluation of strategies
  • assist in research on topics dealing with the prevention of youth crime
  • establish contacts and exchanges on an international basis among researchers and those active in prevention work
  • produce publications and other forms of documentation, including a website


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