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.
Triple P is a parenting program designed to improve outcomes for children up to the age of 16. Developed over 25 years at the University of Queensland in Australia, it includes public health-style preventative strategies with the potential to reach all children and their families, as well as offering early interventions and treatments for children with specified problems.
The program is also available in a wide range of formats intended to accommodate families and communities with different needs and preferences as to the type, intensity and the mode of assistance they require (for example, families living in urban or rural areas). It seeks to prevent severe behavioral, emotional and developmental problems by improving the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents.
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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?