Youth Delinquency Prevention: Aspect of Non Formal Education

Irena Žemaitaitytė


Crime is a complexed and multifaceted phenomenon with multiple causes and effects, as it takes on various forms and functions in different contexts. Children and juvenile criminal behavior is frequently determined by many factors: an adverse impact of the family, lack of occupation, involvement in criminal groups. Family, school, peers, mass media and children’s occupation are the main factor of socialization, on which social training, formation of social skills of the maturing individual depend to a great extent.
Youth non formal education is purposeful activity, developing personal, social and educational competences of a young person. Taking a participation in a non formal education young person becomes more active, creative, working, often even his/her behaviour changes. It’s especially common for pupils, that where known because of the opposite to our named skills at school. Specialists of interpersonal relationship maintain that main reason of the most of misapprehension and personal problems is unequal communication, so that pipelining personality needs situations, that he would feel safe, could express himself and experienced joy of dissemination his abilities. Wide spectrum of intellectual and practical activities provide institutions of non formal education capability to react to a youth social need more quickly, so that non formal institutions, giving alternative approaches for organizing free-time is performing a preventive work.
Research showed that 97 % of Child right protection services and 98 % Youth clubs/day centres’ workers opinion, non formal education is as important part of youth delinquency preventive system. Responders pointed out that the most effective implementation of youth delinquency prevention is increasing of child busyness. More active involvement into non formal education could be promoted by these factors: free or inexpensive services; quality and attraction of services; staff competence; more ample information about clubs and day centres.


youth non formal education; youth delinquency; youth delinquency prevention

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789