Measures to prevent children and young people from going into crime are used far too little, according to a report by the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).
“The report gives a strong recommendation to use preventive and treatment measures that have been thoroughly evaluated, and which have a documented effect,” Heidi Aase, a researcher at the FHI, noted.
The purpose of the measures is to prevent children with major behavioral problems from going into crime.
According to Aase, such measures have been launched in several places in Norway, but more needs to be done.
New efforts needed
“The measures are not available to everyone who needs them, and not in all parts of the country.
“These are specialized measures. To reach everyone who needs them, one may have to organize the services differently,” the researcher noted.
The report states that far too many of the current measures have not been evaluated.
Thus, it is not known whether the measures have an effect or not or whether they have negative consequences.
“There is a great need to develop the knowledge base further,” FHI stated.
The completion of upper secondary school and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral treatment are among the measures with the best documented effects.
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