Effectiveness of the Justice Diversion Halt-intervention

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Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek en Datacentrum

Status

Enrolling

Conditions

Delinquency
Criminal Recidivism
Antisocial Behavior

Treatments

Behavioral: Halt-intervention

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT06353204
3325

Details and patient eligibility

About

In the current study the effectiveness of the Dutch diversion measure Halt is investigated using a randomized controlled trial. Because of the thorough scientific substantiation of the intervention theory, it is hypothesized that receiving the Halt-intervention will lead to less recidivism in comparison to receiving no intervention.

Full description

The Halt-intervention is a widely used Dutch diversion measure for youth (aged 12-17) who committed a minor offence. In the current study, it will be investigated whether the Halt-intervention is successful in reducing recidivism and in achieving the intervention goals. The effectiveness will be assessed using a randomized controlled trial. Participants will be randomly assigned to the experimental condition in which participants will receive the halt intervention or to the control condition in which participants will not receive an intervention. Participants fill out three self-reported questionnaires over a time period of one year. With these questionnaires is it investigated whether the intervention is successful in achieving the different intervention goals (improving social skills, taking responsibility, correct wrongdoing or damage, improving conventional beliefs and improving support from the social network) and in achieving a reduction in recidivism. Furthermore, the adherence to children's rights in the practice of Halt is investigated. Lastly, two years after the first contact with Halt recidivism is assessed using official police and judicial records.

Enrollment

1,300 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

12 to 18 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Juveniles who have been referred to Halt after committing a minor offence that is eligible for the Halt-intervention.
  • Juveniles between the ages of 12 and 18.

Exclusion criteria

  • Participants who do not speak Dutch or who do not speak Dutch fluently.
  • Participants who have already participated in the study before.
  • Participants who are participating in the following Halt-programs: 'Hack_right', 'Respect Online' or 'Sport en Spel'.
  • Participants of whom it is suspected that their are serious concerns for their safety.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

1,300 participants in 2 patient groups

Experimental group: Halt-intervention
Experimental group
Description:
The experimental group will receive the Halt-intervention.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Halt-intervention
Control group: No Halt-intervention
No Intervention group
Description:
The control group will not receive the Halt-intervention, nor will they receive any other intervention or form of punishment.

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Benthe J van Delft, MSc; André M van der Laan, Prof. Dr.

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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