Youth Prevention Program (YPP)

The Youth Prevention Program (YPP) is a joint program of the District Police Brabant South-East and three local institutions of the city of Eindhoven for youth aid. The program aims at an early identification of behavioural problems of youngsters and offers early help and assistance so as to prevent youngsters to come into contact with the judicial system. It means that a suitable intervention is offered for the individual youngster who has come into contact with the police (from minor to serious criminal behaviour).

The general procedure is that a youngster will be offered voluntary help by the YPP based on the perception and evaluation of a police officer. Within 48 hours following the evaluation, a social worker contacts the youngster and his family, and an aid programme is initiated (for a maximum of three months). The aim is that aid is given in the local community in cooperation with the institutions in the area.

The program distinguishes the following roles:
    - Perception and assessment:
The police is an organisation that is able to perceive and assess problem behaviour. This function is carried out by the basic police officers. They are responsible for referring clients to the social workers of the program.

    - Aid / intervention:
The youth aid organisations are responsible for the implementation of the aid. It involves a voluntary, short and intensive intervention/help-offer. This intervention aims to improve the independant functioning of the youngster and/or family as soon as possible. The aid takes place in the home and social environment.

    - General procedure:
The youngster will be offered voluntary help by the Y.P.P. based on the perception and evaluation of the police officer. Within 48 hours following the evaluation, the social worker contacts the youngster and his family and an aid program is initiated. The intention is that aid is given in the local community in cooperation with the institutions in the area.

The programme initially started in 1992 for a period of three years, but is still carried out successfully.

 

The project started in 1992 and is still running.
Last review: December 2009.