May 2022Vol. 23, No. 4Implementing Positive Youth Development Approaches in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
A recent working paper by Child Trends, Integrating Positive Youth Development and Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Approaches Across the Child Welfare and Justice Systems, focuses on the importance of positive youth development (PYD) approaches in child welfare. Specifically, the working paper explores the need for PYD approaches that incorporate racial equity and inclusion, why it is important to focus on young adults, and why these approaches are especially important for the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
PYD approaches involve focusing on youth's assets and building on their protective factors. These approaches can improve mental health, physical health, education, and employment outcomes for young people.
- Systems integration
- Trustworthy and safe
- Equity, inclusion, and belonging
- Needs met holistically
- Growth, leadership, and opportunities to fail and learn
- Training and education