The Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport Committee (DCMS Committee) has published a report on the life-changing benefits of participation in culture and sport to individuals and communities.
Changing Lives finds evidence that:
- Criminal reoffending rates can be reduced through access to sport and cultural programmes
- Participation in arts and sports can have a constructive influence on young people including positive role models
- Involvement in arts and sports has a positive effect on health and wellbeing
- Downgrading of arts education is harming young people's life chances.
Recommendations from MPs as a result of the evidence collected by the report include:
- Funding for community initiatives and organisations to help young people at risk of become involved in or victims of criminal activity
- A Government review to evaluate martial arts and boxing in prisons in breaking the cycle of crime
- Ofsted inspections to assess the amount of cultural education offered in school and access to participation at primary and secondary level
- DCMS must set up and lead cross-government group on social impact of sport and culture, prioritising health, education, criminal justice and regeneration.
Read the full report here.