There is more to the international transfer of prevention programs than just hitting the “copy and paste” buttons. The introduction of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program to Ireland offers insights into how to succeed.
Rights refer to powers or liberties to which one is justly entitled, those things to which one has a just claim. They tend to be divided into positive rights (which refer to various goods, for example food and water) and negative rights (which refer to basic freedoms, for instance freedom of speech). The notion of rights for children has been a controversial subject but the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has helped achieve a happy medium between paternalistic and libertarian attitudes by stressing rights to provision, protection and participation.
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Few people working with children will have heard the term “prevention scientist,” let alone know what one is or does. Yet this relatively new breed of researcher is behind the growing list of evidence-based programs being promoted in western developed countries. A new publication puts them under the microscope.
Crime and antisocial behavior prevention efforts have flourished over the last 10 years in the US. This progress can and should be used to help communities improve the life chances of their young people, a recent update urges.
Given the well-known barriers to implementing evidence-based programs, is it better to identify their discrete elements and trust practitioners to combine them in tailored packages depending on the needs of the child and family in question?