Child Mentoring as an Early Intervention and Prevention Framework for Children and Families At-risk: A Review of the Literature
Over the last decade significant attention has been drawn towards the development and evaluation of a range of early intervention and prevention programs for children and families at-risk. Child mentoring is an emerging intervention approach that serves to ameliorate identified risk factors that increase children’s susceptibility to later maladjustment. This paper provides an overview of a range of recently evaluated child mentoring programs to highlight current advances in the area of adult-child mentoring. A description of World Vision Australia’s (WVA) Kid’s Hope Aus. mentoring program is offered as an early intervention and prevention framework that is tailored to the needs of children and families at-risk. Recommendations for future research are also provided to assist in reducing the knowledge gap surrounding the impact of child mentoring programs for at-risk children.
||Children, At-risk, Child Mentoring, Early Intervention and Prevention, Kids Hope Aus
The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.23-28.
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Lecturer, School of Human Services, Griffith University, Logan, Queensland, Australia
For the last fourteen years Stephen has worked in both the public and private sector as a teacher, counsellor and educational consultant. He is currently working as an academic with the School of Human Services, Griffith University, Australia, where he teaches introductory counselling and psychology and works in an advisory capacity with first year students in the Bachelor of Human Services and Bachelor of Social Work degree programs.
Stephen’s research interests include child and adolescent psychology, challenging behaviours in children and adolescents, the exploration of effective frameworks for counselling theory and practice and issues surrounding first year university student’s retention and engagement.
Stephen has published and presented widely, both in Australia and internationally and has in the last year centred his research focus on early intervention and prevention strategies to assist children and families at-risk of challenging behaviours. His more recent work has emphasised the significance of developing strength-based intervention frameworks that draw on children’s capacities, competencies and resources.
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