A review by the Youth Justice Board on international evidence on parenting support within the youth justice context found that the research convincingly demonstrates that parenting support can provide an effective mechanism for preventing and reducing youth offending and anti-social behaviour; that working with parents is almost certainly a prerequisite for effective intervention with young people who are offending or at risk of it; and that interventions can be effective at all stages.
Research shows that the most successful work in this field takes a strengths-based approach, building on families’ own understanding of ‘what works’ and their existing skills and abilities, not focusing solely on problems, risk factors and deficits in parents’ skills and circumstances. This event looked at examples of good practice of interventions for families with children at risk of anti-social behaviour.
Prof Stephen Scott, Prof of Child Health and Behaviour, Kings College London
Understanding and assessing disruptive children and how parenting can make things better
Stephen Scott is Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at Kings College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, and Director of the National Academy for Parenting Research. He is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, where he works in a multidisciplinary team alongside social workers in the National Adoption and Fostering Clinic. Here a wide range of child care cases are assessed and offered help. Stephen is the national director of the national Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care project and the Fostering Changes programme, and is involved in controlled trials of Functional Family Therapy and Multisystemic Therapy. He is Chair of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s Guideline Development Group for conduct disorders and antisocial behaviour in children and young people.
Max Tobias, Family Action, Safer Children Project Co-ordinator
Family Action's Safer Children project works in four primary schools in Waltham Forest, educating children about the risks of gang crime. Working with children aged 9-11, their project workers support children who might be at risk of being a victim, or perpetrator of gang crime. The project also includes workshops and parenting sessions.
Danielle Williams, Youth Advocate, Sexual Exploitation and Gangs, Wandsworth
Danielle Williams has worked with vulnerable children and young people for 12 years. She has a background in children’s rights, participation, safeguarding and children in conflict with the law and is currently the Youth Advocate for Child Sexual Exploitation and Gangs for Wandsworth Borough Council, funded by the Home Office as part of their Ending Gang and Youth Violence Strategy.