Safe Havens for Youth

A new report released this week by Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, shows that the best results for high-need youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system are achieved through community-based programs rather than secure detention facilities.

The report, called Safely Home, notes that, “Virtually anything that can be done in an institution can be done better in the community. Whether a youth needs 24/7 supervision, access to treatment or a way to appreciate the consequences of his behavior, an effective community-based program can create that environment in a way that keeps a youth safe and increases the likelihood that he or she will succeed.”

While the report highlights various programs and what makes them effective, it also underscores the need to create more programs to help youth who are currently unable to receive services.

To see the full report, click here.


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