The engagement of young people in drug interventions in coercive contexts
Jun 19, 2020
A research article has been published in the “Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy” journal titled “The engagement of young people in drug interventions in coercive contexts: findings from a cross-national European study.” The research involved interviews with young people aged 14 - 25 who were involved in the criminal justice system, and the practitioners who work with them across Denmark, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom. Despite the differences in the criminal justice systems across these four countries, the participants described very similar engagement strategies - a focus on engagement and building rapport, with relationships based on trust, honest and empathy with goals being identified collaboratively. The research also identified the importance of recruiting staff that were well trained including recruiting staff who had personal experience of drug use.