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The Intervention Group Programme for Reducing Delinquent and Criminal Behaviours amongst Adolescents at Risk

Mihaela Sasarman, Andrei Chiscu | Terre des hommes Moldova | 104 pages
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This Handbook responds to one of the major needs of the juvenile justice system - that of changing children’s criminal behaviours.

Delinquent behaviour amongst children is the outcome of multiple risk factors, given that the protection measures that have been taken proved to be insufficient. Professionals from the education, social protection and justice systems, and parents, in general, should have specific knowledge and skills and contribute, through their activities, to the prevention of juvenile delinquency. We have to prevent undesirable developments in the behaviour of all children and help those children who, for various reasons, can no longer keep their emotions and behaviour under control, and children who have committed criminal offences.

The Handbook’s approach builds on the latest findings in psychology and neurobiology, which are complementary to the pedagogy methodologies. It has two parts: one theoretical and one practical. It should be noted that its structure, the requirements for the organisation and running of the sessions, the focus on interactive techniques and exercises which derive from the experiences of art and crafts (improvisation, motion or visual art exercises) respond to the subtle causalities revealed by the latest studies and theories in neurobiology and education sciences.

The first part outlines a short description of the main theoretical elements of the intervention programme concept for reducing pre-delinquent and criminal behaviours amongst children
and adolescents at risk.

The practical part of the Handbook contains 20 topics - each can be delivered in a one-hour session (60 min.). This complementary programme is difficult to organise, but it brings a lot of added value because it responds to the acute needs of the children at this age for role models and adult attention in a two-way relationship, which offers consistency and safety to a much greater extent than in a group.

The programme was developed and applied by Terre des hommes Moldova.