National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Advancing Competency Development: A White Paper for Pennsylvania

Torbet, P.,
Thomas, D.
Year Published: 2005
White Paper
National Center for Juvenile Justice
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

One of the fundamental purposes of Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system is to develop "competencies" in delinquent youth. What does that mean? How is it done? The authors of this 26-page Paper attempt to answer those questions, articulating basic principles and identifying research-support practices, outcomes and measures for competency development that conform to the Juvenile Act's language and purpose. The Paper includes numerous sidebars and tables addressing pro-social skills, a developmental perspective on competency development, restorative justice, and other topics. The White Paper was the result of much debate among focus group participants under the auspices of the State Advisory Group. Modified Author Abstract.

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