Young People Now describe a scheme being run in Enfield:
In an attempt to crack down on graffiti and antisocial behaviour, Ealing Council is piloting a scheme to tackle the problem head on.
Under the Graffiti Payback Scheme, groups of young offenders are made to put right their criminal behaviour and make amends with the community.
The scheme, which is run by Ealing Youth Offending Service in partnership with the council’s ‘envirocrime’ prevention team, has led to many graffiti artists undertaking re-painting work at graffiti hot spots across the west London borough. The work is undertaken under court order and the young people are not paid.
I’m almost certain that something similar was being run here in sunny Lewisham, but can’t recall seeing any analysis of whether it was being as effective as the Enfield people suggest.
Source: Young People Now