The saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ highlights the important influence that neighbourhoods and communities have on child and adolescent development. The paper reports on the first phase of a strengths based intervention implemented in a socially marginalised community characterised by poverty, community disorganisation and apathy, low social cohesion and community support. Also presenting a lack of cultural and community pride, a normative, pro-drug use community culture, easy access to drugs in the community, poor expectations of and investment in education, inadequate youth and recreational services, and non-adherence to drug regulating laws. The practice guidelines were derived from an empirical study with 10 adolescent drug users, 27 adolescent non-drug users, 10 peer mentors, and 9 social service professionals living and or working in the community.
International Conference on Community Empowerment,
Coping, Resilience and Hope
14-16 December 2014, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
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