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Correctional treatment programmes for young offenders in Europe: a survey of routine practice

Koehler, Johann A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1305-891X, Hamilton, Leah and Lösel, Friedrich A. (2013) Correctional treatment programmes for young offenders in Europe: a survey of routine practice. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 19 (4). pp. 387-400. ISSN 0928-1371

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10610-013-9206-6


This article presents the results of an international survey of European correctional treatment programmes for young offenders. Questionnaires gathering data on programmes' design, implementation, structure, and evaluation were collected from 112 programme administrators in 25 European Union countries. Results demonstrated that although there was a commitment to young offender rehabilitation in almost every country, programmes adopted many different approaches and were implemented with varying levels of adherence to evidence-based principles of 'best practice.' The majority of programmes adopted a cognitive-behavioural approach, and clinical discretion was prioritised over systematised, empirically validated assessment instruments. Most programmes were administered by centralised government agencies; however, process and outcome evaluation was rare. These findings suggest a strong need for improved systematic evaluation in most European countries.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 10:39
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:29

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