The functioning and use of juvenile programs
Juvenile crime affects everyone in society; the perpetrators, witnesses and targets of the crime. Cases of delinquency have been decreasing but they are still too high (Saminsky, 2010 p.1). Juvenile Blueprint Programs aim at promoting the emotional wellbeing, behavior, physical health and education of the youth. There are a variety of blueprint programs for child delinquency some are involved in reforming the delinquent after the crime has taken place and others before. The most effective juvenile blueprint programs are those that prevent the occurrence of child delinquency (Saminsky, 2010 p.2). The following essay ...view middle of the document...
Locales range from schools, individual homes, parks, teen centers and special facilities. Family therapy may be involved or monthly meetings. Most successful community based programs are those that involve family interactions. During the therapy parents are able to know how the steps to take in order to bring up a healthy family mentally and physically. Traditional methods of resolving child delinquency such as punishment are not effective and may sometimes make the situation worse.
Various types of therapy are accorded to delinquency perpetrators for the youth who are on probation multisystem therapy and Functional Family Therapy (FFT) are used (Greenwood, 2008 p.195). Functional family therapy is used to help families by improving their problem solving skills and targets teens aged 11-18 who have violence and drug abuse problems. The therapy also aims to improve the emotional connection between family members and provides guidelines to parents on how to effectively bring up their children used (Greenwood, 2008 p.194-196). It is usually carried out in the home setting and takes a short time. The therapy has been proved to be quite effective. Multisystem therapy is carried out in school and home settings. It is more expensive and intensive than FFT. Multisystem therapy helps parents identify and overcome barriers of parenting and helps the parents deal effectively with the children’s problematic behaviors used (Greenwood, 2008 p.193-196).
The target audience usually include; children with high risk of engaging in delinquency activities, families, parents and in some cases teachers. The goal of the program is to;
* Correct behavioral problems before they manifest into criminal activities.
* To recognize any mental problems that may lead to delinquent activity later.
* To prevent youth from wasting their lives.
* To save the tax money used in prosecution and incarceration of perpetrators of delinquent activities.
* To teach parents on effective parents so as to build a good society.
* To reduce the cases of delinquent activity.
* To rehabilitate youth on parole and help them as they integrate back into the community.
Community based programs e.g. CASASTART also involve prevention of delinquency occurrence through early intervention. Early intervention of child delinquency involves practices such as visiting homes especially visiting teens who have...