Aim of the project
CREATE is an acronym: Collaborative; Relationship-driven; Early in the pathway; Accountable; Training-focused; Evidence-driven. This long-term project is ultimately about reducing youth crime and promoting human and community development.
Where the project came from
CREATE Project emerged from the Pathways to Prevention project.
The Pathways to Prevention project began in 2001 with the aim of involving family, school and community in a broad set of planned interventions to prevent anti-social behaviour among 4 to 6 year olds, as there is a strong evidence base that problem behaviour by young children is one of the strongest predictors of both adult delinquency and later adult offending. The program focused on enhancing the communication and social skills of young people and empowering their families, schools and ethnic communities to provide supportive environments for positive development.
The Pathways Project ran from 2001 to 2011 as a partnership between national community service agency Mission Australia, 7 local primary schools and Griffith University, in several ethnically diverse, socially disadvantaged, and high-crime Brisbane suburbs.
Building on the Pathways project
An important outcome of the Pathways Project has been a longitudinal database of child outcomes. Including data from nearly 5,000 children, Department of Education records, and case studies—this database provides an unprecedented wealth of long-term data.
An Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2013–16) entitled Crime, poverty and early prevention: a Longitudinal study of social and developmental pathways to wellbeing through the Pathways to Prevention Project, analysed these data and added official youth justice data for the original preschool cohort (2002–03).
The CREATE project
It is an attempt to strengthen collaborative practices around clear, measurable goals that are achieved through evidence-based initiatives. These principles underpin a model of preventative action that:
- empowers schools and community agencies to transcend system silos
- fosters ethical practices and respectful relationships
- delivers goal-directed, quantitatively evaluated, evidence-based resources that promote child wellbeing in disadvantaged communities
- helps deflect children from antisocial and criminal behaviours.
These principles are being applied in the CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing in Disadvantaged Communities Project, 2013–22. This project seeks to keep improving prevention delivery systems by applying and testing a Prevention Translation and Support System which consists of both human and electronic infrastructure in order to put the CREATE principles into practice.
For more information, view the
Creating Pathways to Prevention video.