Developing practice approaches to support at-risk young people with Save the Children

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In partnership with Save the Children Australia and the Youth Partnership Project (YPP), CEI developed an evidence-based practice framework for the Youth Early Intervention project. The project aimed to prevent at-risk young people from entering the criminal justice system through delivering holistic support to children and families experiencing complex disadvantage.

The initiative builds on the YPP, which aims to prevent youth offending, and will focus on developing emotional awareness, emotional regulation, and life skills in children with complex needs who are aged 8-11 years old. The YPP Model was piloted within the Armadale area in Perth from 2017-19 and with support from the Paul Ramsay Foundation, a second phase trial took place in 2020-21.

CEI undertook a comprehensive review of the project consulting with practitioners, clients, community groups, schools, and other key stakeholders with a focus on strengthening practice, supporting implementation, and evaluating the effectiveness of both implementation and project outcomes. CEI drew on high quality evidence, as well as adaptable and flexible approaches, to tailor the core components of the project, and its implementation, to the local context.