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NCJ Number: 212205 Find in a Library
Title: National Evaluation of the Youth Justice Board's Drug and Alcohol Projects
Author(s): Richard Hammersley Prof.; Marie Reid Dr.; Andrew Oliver Dr.; Angela Genova; Peter Raynor Prof.; John Minkes; Michael Morgan Dr.
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 57
Sponsoring Agency: Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
London SW1H 9AJ,
Sale Source: Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
102 Petty France
London SW1H 9AJ,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report presents an overview of the local evaluations of 32 alcohol and drug projects for young offenders in England and Wales.
Abstract: Five of the 32 projects never started or closed early; and of the remaining 27 projects, 24 submitted final reports by March 25, 2002. Twenty-four of the projects offered an "industry standard" of individual counseling, along with mentoring and advocacy, referral to leisure or educational programs, alternative health therapies, and referral to other agencies for treatment. Drug education was offered by four projects, and four projects provided formal training for professionals. Family support was offered by at least one project. Evaluation was impeded by failure to integrate it into program design, lack of data collection relevant to the services offered, and insufficient funding. Projects were hastily designed without reference to local needs or an evidence base for program components. Only six projects reported outcome data, which was uniformly weak, being either self-reported or a staff assessment. There was no evidence that substance abuse treatment reduced reoffending, perhaps because most of the young offenders referred to the projects tended to be repeat offenders with multiple problems in addition to drug abuse. For such youth, a total absence of reoffending is probably an unrealistic outcome for treatment; reductions in the frequency and severity of offending would be a better outcome measure. Still, most projects that produced usable evaluation reports received broadly positive evaluations in terms of client and staff satisfaction. 9 tables, 4 figures, and appended charts of program features and details of outcomes as identified by individual local evaluations
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Drug treatment programs; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile treatment evaluation
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