This chapter discusses individual-based prevention programs for potential criminals. It explains that these types of programs target risk factors for delinquency and later offending that are found within the individual. They have as explicit aims the betterment of children's immediate learning and social and emotional competencies, as well as the improvement of children's success over the life-course. They are implemented at a time when children are most impressionable and hence receptive to intervention. This chapter reviews the scientific evidence on what works to prevent delinquency and later criminal offending through individual-based interventions that are delivered in the early years of life.
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