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Keeping kids out of crime was an early intervention program which aimed to alert school students about the dangers of getting involved in criminal activity. The primary concept of the Keeping kids out of crime program was 'education through credibility'. The education through credibility concept was built on a former long-term prisoner talking to students in the classroom about the realities of prison.
The speaker aimed to de-glamorise crime, and to make the audience aware of the realities of such a lifestyle. Topics covered by the speaker included:
The sessions were structured to allow the presenter, through his own experiences, highlight to students the decisions students make today might adversely affect their futures. Particular emphasis was placed on the value of education and the limited choices available to those who opt of the system at an early age. Students were also encouraged to build resources for themselves, family, friends, teachers, youth workers so that when they are faced with difficult choices they can then draw on them for help.
Themes covered by the speaker included:
The program was sponsored by the City of Gosnells, Western Australia, and the Office of Crime Prevention and is presented by Outcare.
Abstract adapted from Outcare
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