A report on a ground-breaking initiative which is transforming the lives of adults and young people on a Portsmouth estate.

Youth offending is down and parents' morale is up.

In Portsmouth, the council is leading the way nationally to work with neighbourhoods in ways that cut across traditional service boundaries.

Community boards of residents, police, social services, head teachers, businesses and religious leaders have been set up to take responsibility for approving how money is spent.

Residents are in the majority on these boards and they have drawn up lists of community objectives which they themselves have a responsibility towards delivering.

At a time when anti-social behaviour and youth offending are rising to the top of the national agenda, Liz Carney asks whether Portsmouth could provide some of the answers.