The programme design project is aimed at developing new effective responses to the problem of children’s engagement with local criminal networks in Ireland. Based on the findings of the original Greentown study, the challenge has been set as two-fold:
- Reduce the influence of criminal networks on child offending
- Improve pro-social outcomes for children involved in criminal networks
The process follows a deliberate programme-building sequence designed to respond to complex policy issues, problem definition, solution identification, and detailed programme design. It involves a range of national and international experts with extensive experience in the areas of youth offending, social network analysis, law enforcement, child welfare, governance, research and evaluation, and policy and programme design. The panel has been identified as optimal and complimentary for the complex challenges involved.