What are some successful crime prevention programs

DFK guidelines for violence prevention for young people

As early as 2006, the DFK had presented a report on the “Status of violence prevention in Germany and key requirements for action to make it sustainable”. This report stated that the knowledge about the sustainability, the transferability of the various procedures and experiences as well as the conditions for the success of the strategies were in need of improvement.

In order to further develop the range of offers, the DFK then presented a development-oriented understanding of prevention in the 2008 report “Success conditions for the prevention of interpersonal violence in children and adolescents”. The effects of the initiated change of perspective from an approach based on deficits to an understanding based on strengths, without ignoring deficits, can already be seen, among other things, in some tested and evaluated programs to promote skills, self-confidence and empathy. The need for support in dealing with disorders, bullying, phenomena of violence, addictive behavior and psychological abnormalities are still articulated in the standard systems of education and upbringing.

Despite, or perhaps precisely because of, the considerable variety of the range of offers facing the need, it then became apparent from the perspective of the DFK that the needs for strengthening educational skills in day-care centers, institutions for social child / youth work and schools from their responsible providers and administrations can only be addressed systematically to a limited extent. Although there has been a great deal of knowledge about actually effective violence prevention approaches and their implementation requirements for a number of years, these are not sufficiently well known in practice. In 2012, the DFK convened an expert council with 13 experts from science and practice, which since then has been working in particular on creating more transparency about effective and practicable offers and their implementation as well as disseminating the effective and practicable offers more and linking them with one another.

The information brochure developed from this is intended to help practitioners, politicians, administrators and other interested persons to appropriately assess the quality of existing prevention programs and to make well-founded decisions. It is available free of charge from the DFK and can either be ordered by email to [email protected] or downloaded from www.kriminalpraevention.de.