Support from the Start: effective programmes for nine to 13 year‐olds

Tracey Bywater (Reader at the Institute for Effective Education, University of York, York, UK)
David Utting (Independent Writer, Researcher and Consultant)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Publication date: 16 March 2012



This paper aims to review selected effective interventions (available in the United Kingdom) for middle childhood (9‐13 years) to reduce the risk of, or current/subsequent involvement in, anti‐social behaviour and criminality.


Electronic databases and reviews of evidence‐based effective programmes were searched to identify family, school, child and community programmes that are available in the United Kingdom.


Despite current public policy emphasis on “early intervention”, there are increasing numbers of effective interventions for this older age range available within the UK. Age‐appropriate risk‐reduction interventions reflect family, school, community, and peer influences.


This paper, read in conjunction with other age‐specific contributions in this volume, demonstrates the growing viability of evidence‐based strategies that support children and their families to reduce known risk factors for behavioural problems, and respond to antisocial and criminal behaviour.



Bywater, T. and Utting, D. (2012), "Support from the Start: effective programmes for nine to 13 year‐olds", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 41-52.

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