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NCJ Number: 218611 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Drug Interventions Programme Pilots for Children and Young People: Arrest Referral, Drug Testing and Drug Treatment and Testing Requirements
Corporate Author: Matrix Research and Consultancy
United Kingdom

Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck
United Kingdom
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 94
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck
London WC1E 7DB,
Matrix Research and Consultancy
London EC1Y 1AA, England
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-84726-179-3
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Information and Publications Group
Room 201
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London, SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This is the final report of the 18-month evaluation of Great Britain's Drug Interventions Programme for Children and Young People, a pilot program launched in 2003 with the goals of identifying youth at risk for problematic drug use and referring them to appropriate programs.
Abstract: The evaluation found sufficient evidence of program effectiveness to recommend the expanded use of drug testing of arrested youth and the referral of drug-using youth to appropriate services. Arrest referral was most effective for those who were not already involved with substance abuse and other services as well as those who were at an early point in their substance misuse. Arrest referral apparently provided an additional opportunity to increase young offenders' access to treatment services. The youth had been arrested mainly for property crimes such as theft and burglary. Youth who received referrals reported using a range of substances. The most common were cannabis (30 percent), tobacco (30 percent), and alcohol (23 percent). Over half of those who reported using each of these substances did so either daily or weekly. Generally, the process of arrest referral identified and addressed a broad range of issues beyond offending and substance abuse. The pilot programs at 10 sites implemented diagnostic and referral schemes for children and youth (10-17 years old) arrested for various crimes. Drug testing was conducted for 14-17 year-olds. The evaluation encompassed all 10 sites and included stakeholder interviews, interviews with youth, analysis of monitoring data, analysis of Youth Offending Team data in pilot and comparison sites, and analysis of cost data. Data are reported only for the five sites that were involved in all parts of the evaluation; however, recommendations regarding the future of the program are made based on data from all sites. 53 tables, 18 figures, 18 references, and appended methodology
Main Term(s): Juvenile processing
Index Term(s): Drug testing; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile drug use; Police juvenile diversion
Note: Home Office Online Report 07/07; downloaded May 30, 2007.
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