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Young people and 'risk'$
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Maggie Blyth, Enver Solomon, and Kerry Baker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420008

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420008.001.0001

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Never too early? Reflections on research and interventions for early developmental prevention of serious harm

Never too early? Reflections on research and interventions for early developmental prevention of serious harm

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Young people and 'risk'
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Ros Burnett

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420008.003.0008

In the autumn of 2006, the government introduced plans for interventions for early developmental prevention of serious harm. They targeted babies and young children who belonged to dysfunctional families. This signified the drift from a post-crime society to a pre-crime society. This chapter explores some researches on early risk factors associate with antisocial behaviour and early preventive interventions. This research and study on early developmental factors and interventions is useful as it can identify different types of groups of young people who offend and pathways into and out of crime, each with distinguishing characteristics that can be traced back to infancy. This chapter also points out to the findings of these researches and considers some of the practical and ethical problems which they raised. The chapter concludes that the concept of early intervention should not be dismissed and that the most important is the way programmes are developed, and their objectives and outcomes.

Keywords:   interventions, prevention, early risk factors, early preventive interventions, practical problems, ethical problems, early intervention

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