Comprehensive neighbourhood mapping : developing a powerful tool for child protection

Sarah Nelson, Norma Baldwin

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    This paper proposes ‘comprehensive neighbourhood mapping’ as a schema for gathering and interpreting information within a given geographical area which is informed by imaginative thinking about the safety of children and young people from sexual crime. It would build upon current forms of profiling by local authorities, health authorities and central Government. CNM would actively involve local people, in partnership with agencies, in ‘mapping’ danger points and support points. Eight components are discussed, including environmental issues, locations of sex offenders, sites where teenagers meet and share information, supportive individuals and organizations. Some issues for pilot projects are discussed, including the need to set up planning and implementation groups and to integrate CNM into wider child protection and community safety strategies. CNM is grounded in an ecological perspective which sees partnership approaches as essential and believes an overarching view of neighbourhood needs, based on detailed local information and understanding of how different ‘Based on detailed local information’ forms of harm interconnect, is crucial in developing child protection strategies. At times of acute official anxiety about community ‘lynch-mob’ reactions to known paedophiles, CNM aims to build communities which instead are informed and thoughtful about child protection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)214-229
    Number of pages16
    JournalChild Abuse Review
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • Sex offending
    • Community safety
    • Child protection
    • Neighbourhood profiling


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