Back to the future: identifying trends, scenarios and research themes for forensic youth care

Back to the future: identifying trends, scenarios and research themes for forensic youth care

Back to the future: identifying trends, scenarios and research themes for forensic youth care

Individual presentation67Ilja Bongers, GGzE Institute for Mental Health Care, The Netherlands

Room 2BWed 14:00 - 15:30

Background:
The future of forensic youth care is uncertain because of the constantly evolving environment. In order to improve the quality of forensic youth care, these uncertainties have to be taken into account in future research themes.

Aim:
The aim of this study is to identify research themes for the next ten years.

Method:
Using the scenario method, research themes for the future of forensic youth care were formulated. The research themes were determined with the help of 22 experts. Part of the scenario method was an investigation of future trends using a literature search and two workshops to develop four scenarios for the future and to establish the research themes.

Results:
The important trends for the future were: an increase in legislation and regulations, shifting from risk reduction to strengths-based care, a more prominent place for prevention and specialized health care, and changes in types of delinquent behavior. Based on these trends, four scenarios for the future were established. The scenarios were organized around two dimensions: (1) the use of data for treatment and restriction of individuals and (2) whether society is organized around groups or individuals. Based on these four scenarios, experts discussed how the quality of forensic youth care could be enhanced. This resulted in six research themes with underlying research questions: (1) alliance, (2) shared decision making, (3) instant feedback, (4) ethical questions in forensic health care, (5) positive psychology and (6) life course perspective.

Conclusion:
To enhance the quality of forensic youth care in the future, it is important to study the themes in different groups of forensic youth and institutions.
Co-author: Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen

Assessment and treatment of young and/or adolescent offenders
forensic youth care, research themes, scenario method
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