• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 12th August, 2009

The view from the East

A week of reports from Japan, where Prevention Action Executive Editor Michael Little met child development and prevention experts to find out about conditions and potential connections in a country performing well against UNICEF measures and where prevention scientists and activists are playing an increasingly important role.…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 07th August, 2009

Bringing standards of evidence to order

For over a decade “evidence based practice” has been part of the jargon of children’s services. At the outset, the phrase acknowledged what had been a grievous lack of determination to prove that the medicine of social care was working. These days, by contrast, everyone concerned professes an interest but there is startlingly little agreement on standards of evidence. This week Prevention Ac…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 07th August, 2009

National Academies of Science

The cause of prevention science was given a boost in March 2009 by the publication of the US National Academies report Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People, and accompanying indications that it was likely to shape the policies of the incoming Obama administration. Its central recommendations about the value, social and economic, of long-term thinking were also e…

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