• March 2007
  • Vol. 8, No. 2

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Guidelines for Sharing Information About Youth

Information sharing among juvenile justice and other youth-serving agencies is an essential tool for improving services to at-risk and delinquent youth and their families, but it requires a significant shift in the practices of many agencies. To assist in this process, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has developed Guidelines for Juvenile Information Sharing, a report that suggests a course of action for key agency and organization stakeholders involved in juvenile information sharing (JIS). The guidelines integrate collaboration, confidentiality, and technology into an effective developmental framework in the following areas:

  • Establishment and governance of a JIS collaborative
  • Planning and procedures to ensure the protection and security of the information
  • Recommendations for the implementation of JIS policies and procedures, training, and continuous quality improvement
  • Policies for transparency, openness, and public communications

The full report can be downloaded from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website:

www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/215786.pdf (409 - KB)

These guidelines were developed as part of the Information Sharing to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency National Technical Assistance and Training Project. Learn more about the project:


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