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NCJ Number: NCJ 184579     Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement Referral of At-Risk Youth: The SHIELD Program
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Author(s): Phelan A. Wyrick
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2000
Page Count: 8
  Annotation: This Bulletin discusses the SHIELD program for identifying and treating at-risk youth.
Abstract: This Bulletin provides an overview of Westminster, CA’s, Strategic Home Intervention and Early Leadership Development (SHIELD) program. SHIELD uses contacts that law enforcement officers make in the normal course of their duties to identify at-risk youth and connect them with community resources. The SHIELD process gives officers a procedure for providing assistance to youth who are exposed to family risk factors. In addition, the program improves coordination among law enforcement, social services, community service providers and the school system to facilitate early identification and treatment of at-risk youth who might otherwise be overlooked. Of 43 randomly selected youths tracked during the first year of the SHIELD program, 60 percent received services of some kind, 26 percent could not be contacted because they were no longer in the community and 14 percent were still in the community but did not receive services because of parental refusal. The paper contains factors necessary for replication of the SHIELD program in other areas. It concludes that the critical supporting factor is not funding but the commitment and support of law enforcement administrators and personnel who are dedicated to preventing delinquency. Notes, figure, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Community support ; Juvenile delinquency prevention ; Community involvement ; Crime prevention measures ; Criminology ; Juvenile delinquent family relations ; Juvenile treatment methods ; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs ; California
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Country: United States of America
Language: English
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