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Education and Children "At Risk" (From Preventing Juvenile Crime Conference Proceedings No. 9, 1991, P 32-43, Julia Vernon, Sandra McKillop, eds. -- See NCJ-135877)

NCJ Number
S Henderson
Date Published
9 pages
The community juvenile crime prevention program at the Education Unit at Ballarat Children's Home and Family Services in Victoria is described as a means of providing and developing supports for the students and their families.
A current model was adopted based upon the Integration Model of Process in which the main goal is to increase participation of children with impairments and disabilities in the education program and social life of regular schools. Students in seven categories are accepted into the 10-week program. Eligibility is based on seven criteria: students who are on court orders, socially; who are educationally/family isolated; who have experienced abuse or neglect; who have more than one major family, social, or educational problem; who have a family member in care; who are truant or school refusers; or who suffer extremely low self esteem. The Education Unit provides these students with access to individual education tuition, programs of remediation or extension, appropriate curriculum materials, and individual and family counseling. In addition, social situations are provided to broaden their experiences and methods of adaptability as well as curriculum and behavioral expectations from staff in the mainstream schools and mainstream school support from school staff. Because of its nonschool like approach in size and location, the Education Unit is able to address those issues that the schools are unable to address with relative success in a preventive and interventive manner. 8 tables and 12 references