ERIC Number: ED449401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Law Enforcement Referral of At-Risk Youth: The SHIELD Program. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Wyrick, Phelan A.
The demand for effective approaches to prevent juvenile delinquency is growing. This bulletin provides information on the Westminster's (CA) Strategic Home Intervention and Early Leadership Development (SHIELD) Program, a promising and effective approach to delinquency prevention. By improving coordination among law enforcement; school systems; social services; and community service providers, the SHIELD program facilitates early identification and treatment of at-risk youth who might otherwise be overlooked. It identifies youth at risk for involvement in violent behavior, substance abuse, and gang activity, and refers them to appropriate community services. This utilization of existing services is both a cost-effective and immediate choice for intervention. Programs that provide a clear mechanism for linking at-risk youth to services in the community show great promise for preventing delinquency. The critical supporting factor for the SHIELD program is not funding but the support of law enforcement dedicated to preventing delinquency. (Contains 15 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.