Most international research suggests that family-based interventions are effective at reducing offending among teenagers. This is very important as a small group of youth offenders are likely to continue offending in adulthood.
Family based interventions are:
(a) programmes that attempt to strengthen parents’ parenting skills and
(b) approaches that aim to improve functioning in multiple domains of a teenager’s life (family, peer group, school and / or community).
- For every 5-10 teenagers who go through family-based interventions, 1 less will reoffend.