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Helping at-risk children
Manukau Courier, Auckland  11 Jul 2017
General News - page 13 - 199 words - ID 807778939 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 133.00cm2

A recent research report reveals a programme called MYND Sibling has improved resilience, social competence and engagement at school among at-risk children.

Run by The Graeme Dingle Foundation, the programme aims to help vulnerable younger siblings of youth offenders.

The report states that children who have an older sibling involved with the youth justice or criminal system, are exposed to many risks poverty, family dysfunction and underprivileged communities.

The programme which was piloted in 2015 and 2016 focuses developing life-skills to reduce the likelihood of "copy-cat" delinquent behaviour.

Manager of MYND, Stephen Boxer says the programme provides positive role modelling, encouraging healthy relationships and providing access to community services.

"We selected the participants in consultation with NZ Police, Child Youth and Family Services and the MYND staff, based on their knowledge of youth offenders and their families," he says.

Sir Graeme Dingle, co-founder of the organisation, says the programme is "a whole lot cheaper and more effective to build a fence at the top of the cliff (surrounding a happier community) than it is to send ambulances to the bottom".

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A recent research report about the MYND Sibling programme finds it has improved social competence among at-risk children.

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