Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action provides evidence of effective programmes to address violence against children drawn from UNICEF’s decades of experience, and informed by key partners. Case studies from around the globe illustrate how well-crafted prevention and response strategies can reduce the prevalence and impact of violence…

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Adolescents’ Mental Health: Out of the shadows. Evidence on psychological well-being of 11-15-year-olds from 31 industrialized countries

Adolescents’ Mental Health: Out of the shadows. Evidence on psychological well-being of 11-15-year-olds from 31 industrialized countries

Mental health is increasingly gaining the spotlight in the media and public discourse of industrialized countries. The problem is not new, but thanks to more open discussions and fading stigma, it is emerging as one of the most critical concerns of public health today. Psychological problems among children and adolescents…

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Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Conceptualization, influences and outcomes

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Conceptualization, influences and outcomes

This brief summarizes the key insights and conclusions from a discussion paper on gender socialization during adolescence, with a focus on low- and middle-income settings. By reviewing theories from psychology, sociology and biology, significant societal changes and effective programme interventions, the paper sets out to provide a more holistic picture…

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Exploring Women’s Empowerment through Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence

Exploring Women’s Empowerment through Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread globally, with an estimated one-third of women aged 15 years and over experiencing physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetimes. Economic empowerment, or the financial standing of women, is often thought to protect against IPV, signalling sufficient…

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Global goals for every child: Progress and disparities among children in South Africa

Global goals for every child: Progress and disparities among children in South Africa

This report presents an analysis of progress and disparities among children in South Africa. Data show significant progress during the past two decades in areas such as child poverty, child survival, mother-to-child transmission of HIV and primary school attendance, among others. These are impressive achievements, but they are only part…

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Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Child and Family Serving Systems

Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Child and Family Serving Systems

This guide provides information and examples of implementation relevant to those working with children and families in the child welfare and other social services systems. It provides concrete information that systems across the nation can use to evaluate their needs, identify what programs are currently being used, make decisions about…

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Scared straight’ and other juvenile awareness programs for preventing juvenile delinquency

Scared straight’ and other juvenile awareness programs for preventing juvenile delinquency

This Campbell systematic review assesses the effect of scared straight and similar programs on criminal behaviours by juvenile delinquents or children at risk of committing crime. The review summarises findings from nine studies conducted in the United States. Participants include juveniles and young adults between the ages 14-20. A total…

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Mindfulness-based interventions for improving cognition, academic achievement, behavior and socio-emotional functioning of primary and secondary student

Mindfulness-based interventions for improving cognition, academic achievement, behavior and socio-emotional functioning of primary and secondary student

This Campbell systematic review examines the effectiveness of school-based mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) on cognition, behaviour, socioemotional outcomes and academic achievement. The review summarizes 61 studies and synthesizes 35 studies, with a total of 6,207 student participants.

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Interventions to improve the labour market outcomes of youth: a systematic review of training, entrepreneurship promotion, employment services and subsidized employment interventions

Interventions to improve the labour market outcomes of youth: a systematic review of training, entrepreneurship promotion, employment services and subsidized employment interventions

This Campbell systematic review examines the impact of youth employment interventions on the labour market outcomes of young people and business performance. The review summarises findings from 113 reports of 107 interventions in 31 countries.

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Effectiveness of interventions to reduce homelessness

Effectiveness of interventions to reduce homelessness

Interventions to reduce homelessness and  improve housing stability are effective.  This Campbell systematic review examines  the effectiveness of interventions to reduce  homelessness and increase residential  stability for individuals who are homeless, or  at risk of becoming homeless. Forty-three  studies were included in the review, 37 of  which are from the…

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Moving beyond the core story of brain development  Implications for parenting interventions

Moving beyond the core story of brain development Implications for parenting interventions

Recent scientific discoveries in brain development are reshaping our understanding of early childhood development. What makes recent findings so compelling are the enduring and largely irreversible ways in which adverse social conditions are biologically woven into the brain, with negative consequences for health and socio-economic outcomes in later life….

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Handbook on the  Crime Prevention Guidelines: Making them work

Handbook on the Crime Prevention Guidelines: Making them work

The  present  Handbook is  one  of  a  series  of  practical  tools  developed  by  the  United  Nations  Office  on  Drugs  and  Crime  (UNODC)  to  support  countries  in  the  implementation  of  the  standards  and  norms  in  crime  prevention  and  criminal  justice. These  standards  and  norms  support  the  rule  of  law, human  rights  …

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Introductory Handbook on  the Prevention of Recidivism and   the Social Reintegration of Offenders

Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders

The present  Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social  Reintegration of Offenders is part of a series of practical tools developed by the United  Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support countries in preventing  crime, implementing criminal justice reforms and strengthening the rule of law….

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Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space

Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space

The  Handbook builds on the basic concepts and principles reflected in the United  Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice that relate to  policing  and that are outlined in other United Nations documents on the subject as well as in the wider range of scholarly and policy…

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Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice

Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice

The  Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice contains the instruments in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice adopted  by the international community in more than sixty years.
Over the years a considerable body of United Nations standards and…

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World crime trends and emerging issues and responses in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice (2017)

World crime trends and emerging issues and responses in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice (2017)

The present report contains a brief  overview of some of the most dramatic shifts in crime trends, and asks w hat these  examples might imply about the role of the criminal justice system, and crime policy  generally. Can targeted interventions really make a difference on a national or  international scale?…

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The health and social effects of nonmedical cannabis use

The health and social effects of nonmedical cannabis use

Cannabis is globally the most commonly used psychoactive substance under international control. In 2013, an estimated 181.8 million people aged 15-64 years used cannabis for nonmedical purposes globally (uncertainty estimates 128.5–232.1 million) (UNODC, 2015). There is an increasing demand of treatment for cannabis use disorders and associated health conditions in…

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Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace A Policy Toolkit for Preventing Interpersonal, Collective and Extremist Violence

Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace A Policy Toolkit for Preventing Interpersonal, Collective and Extremist Violence

The Commonwealth Charter includes the principle that international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development, and the rule of law are essential to improving the lives of all people in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth adopted a Peace Building Commonwealth as its theme for 2017. To support this theme, Preventing…

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