Press Release

Minister Lenihan launches Prevention, What works for Children and Adolescents?

Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children today (Tuesday 5th November, 2002) launched the publication Prevention, what works for children and adolescents? edited by Dr. Alan Carr, Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin.

This publication is a comprehensive critical review of psychological prevention programmes for children, adolescents and their families. In order to identify effective prevention programmes over 200 studies were reviewed, involving more than 70,000 children. “The analysis of this information will be useful in the development of policies and the implementation of measures aimed at supporting children and adolescents in gaining control over their lives and coping better with their problems.” the Minister said. “It helps identify groups which are particularly vulnerable and will assist service providers in evaluating the impact of the preventative and clinical services being provided” added the Minister.

In his address, the Minister referred to that fact that studies found that programmes advocating early intervention and home visiting and consultation with parents were the most successful in terms of prevention of Child Abuse. “Children First – National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children published by the Department of Health and Children in September 1999 represents a major development in strengthening arrangements for the protection of children and the prevention of abuse.” added the Minister.

The Minister thanked Dr. Carr and his team of co-authors for the hard work, effort and dedication involved in undertaking this research and wished them continued success in their work.