Interventions to prevent and reduce young people’s substance use and criminal justice involvement trajectories

Gleeson, Helen ORCID logoORCID:, Duke, Karen L. ORCID logoORCID:, Clarke, Zoe and Thom, Betsy ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Interventions to prevent and reduce young people’s substance use and criminal justice involvement trajectories. Project Report. Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Middlesex University, London, UK. . [Monograph]

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The previous country report described two interventions identified as innovative projects in preventing or reducing substance related harm for young people involved in the criminal justice system. Project A, aimed at 11 to 18 year olds, consisted of a series of videos, activities and discussion questions designed to encourage consideration of risky behaviour and ways of staying safe. Project B trained young people involved in the youth justice and criminal justice systems, aged 16 to 21 years old, to become peer navigators with accredited qualifications so that they could act as navigators between various services (e.g. mental health, housing services).

Findings from interviews with professionals (N = 16) suggested a decreasing number of young people were becoming involved in the criminal justice system, while there was a corresponding increase in the number of young people presenting with multiple, complex issues such as school exclusion, child neglect or abuse, poverty and mental health issues. Solutions to better prevent or reduce substance use suggested by professionals included: involving young people in the development and delivery of interventions; using innovative approaches that include art, video and social media elements; being able to adapt interventions to individual needs and; creating trusting relationships with service users.

This report presents findings from data analysis of 34 interviews with young people in the UK, the recruitment process, and challenges encountered, are presented first alongside details of the sample included.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 29580
Notes on copyright: The content of this report represents the views of the authors only and is their sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains
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Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2020 09:57
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 16:29

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