Evens Foundation
Living together harmoniously in Europe

Evens Science Prize 2009

Over the last few years, the violent behavior of young people in many European countries has raised concern. National responses vary greatly: in some countries, children who have committed serious criminal acts are held accountable for their actions and strong measures have been implemented, including youth prisons, while in other countries the emphasis has been on youth protection.

There is increasing evidence that imprisonment does not prevent relapse, and may even promote it.

In 2009, the Evens Foundation asked the Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute (CAPRI) at the University of Antwerp, department youth mental health, to make an inventory of evidence-based programs for the care of violent youth in European countries, and to translate these findings into guidelines and policy recommendations for effective care of violent youth in Europe, based on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The report, prepared by CAPRI with the assistance of European experts in the field of evidence-based youth care, can be downloaded below.

This scientific research project seeks to further the Evens Foundation aim of contributing to building a harmonious European society, in which respect for ‘the other’ prevails. Preventing violent and anti-social behavior by young people and caring for them in an appropriate way is an essential step in achieving such harmony.