Meaningful Intervention with Children and Youth: A Reflection on Ten Years of Inquiry

  • Sibylle Artz University of Victoria
  • Diana Nicholson Sessional Instructor, School of Child & Youth Care, University of Victoria
  • Elaine Halsall Clinic Coordinator, Complex Development Behavioral Clinic, VIHA
  • Susan Larke Project Manager, Sooke Family Resource
Keywords: needs assessment, youth work, gender-sensitive practice


It has been known since the early 1970s that youth risk assessment does not necessarily assist us in determining youth needs and services. Still, where young people and crime are the concerned, interventions are often focused on risk assessment rather than need assessment, especially when these young people face incarceration. In this article we emphasize needs assessment and the development of a youth friendly approach to such assessment.  We draw on a number of community-based and community involved studies that were conducted over a ten-year period, studies that focused on the perspectives, experiences, and needs of children and youth, and present as key among these studies a project on the development of a gender-sensitive tool for needs assessment that can aid workers with youth engagement and needs focused intervention.


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Author Biography

Sibylle Artz, University of Victoria
Professor School of Child and Youth Care
How to Cite
Artz, S., Nicholson, D., Halsall, E., & Larke, S. (2010). Meaningful Intervention with Children and Youth: A Reflection on Ten Years of Inquiry. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 1(2), 118-133.

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