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Preventing juvenile delinquency : from what works to how it works

Australian Institute of Criminology, Daniel Sansfaçon
26 March 2003 -

Daniel Sansfaçon, PhD
Deputy Director-General, International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, Canada

This seminar is being organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in conjunction with the Crime Prevention Branch, Attorney-General's Department.


Over the past 25 years, a significant corpus of knowledge has been accumulated internationally on the risk factors for juvenile delinquency. There now exists a shared base of agreement on the relevance of a number of risk factors. Further, rigorous evaluation studies have been able to establish the effectiveness of preventive intervention. Many such programs are currently implemented in many jurisdictions around the world. Some lingering questions remain, especially on dosage of intervention and characteristics of a successful implementation process. This presentation offers some thoughts on the elements of successful implementation.

Daniel Sansfaçon has worked as a researcher and director of research in criminal law for the government of Canada (Departments of the Solicitor General and Justice) he has also taught research methods at the University of Quebec. He has been the Director of Research for the Special Committee on Illegal Drugs for the Senate of Canada. His research has concentrated on prostitution, drugs, family violence and gender. He joined ICPC in October 1996 and has contributed to the preparation of the two Crime Prevention Digests (1997 and 1999), a number of comparative analysis reports, and drafted discussion papers for international forums. At the ICPC, his work is focused on tools for prevention and evaluation issues.

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