We are Family - Families and their Role in Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use, Crime and Violence, Including the Prevention of Recruitment into Violent Extremist Groups

Ms. Miwa Kato, Director of Division for Operations providing closing remarks at the side event (Photo credits:© UNODC Twitter)

The 28th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is being held from 20 - 24 May 2019. On Monday, 20 May 2019 UNODC's Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section organized a side event on We are Family: Families and their role in prevention and treatment of drugs use, crime and violence, including the prevention of recruitment into violent extremist groups, together with Government of Sweden. 

CCPCJ side event agenda and flyer     

More than 40 delegates attended the side event that aims at consolidating a common understanding of the role of families in drug use prevention and treatment, as well as prevention of violence, crime and violent extremism. Speakers from the UNODC Drug Prevention Health Branch (DHB), the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) and the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) presented new tools and good practices relevant to improve the lives of young people and their families affected by drug use, violence or at risk of recruitment into violent extremist groups. 

Furthermore, speakers highlighted the opportunities and synergy effects of working together across UNODC mandate areas, including health and terrorism prevention, a unique way for UNODC to support Member States in an integrated way with a range of challenges being faced.


UNODC's Strong Families Programme is a family skills programme for challenged settings that provides an evidence-informed prevention response building family skills that benefits the health and safe development of children from both genders. It can be easily adapted to serve families in challenged settings in different contexts.         The UNODC training package on family therapy (UNFT) will contribute to make elements of evidence-based, practical and scalable family therapy available to treatment practitioners worldwide and thereby increase the accessibility, quality and diversity of drug use disorder treatment for youth, including youth at risk of or already in contact with the criminal justice system. The training package - being developed as part of UNODC’s Treatnet training strategy - was piloted in three regions in Asia, and will be further tailored to meet the needs and cultural contexts of the countries implementing.

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