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Monday 1st of June 2020

IJJO Activities

ITACA PROJECT - Interaction of different subjects. Towards a strategic Common answer concerning juvenile gangs

marzo 2011 - febrero 2013 Gangs, Juvenile, Prevention


The Project ITACA intends to study the particular type of crimes related to juvenile gangs, meaning observing and studying carefully the characteristics of this type of aggregation that tends to commit deviant acts with specific peculiarities and in particular to examine both the ways in which juvenile crime group starts to commit crimes and also the specific connotations that these actions assumes for society. The opening to other Countries gives the possibility to face a general problem really widespread, at different level, in many realities. As far as we are concerned, in Europe there are no many data gathering the extent and the features of the phenomenon of juvenile gangs at European level. Furthermore, the ITACA partners open a debate to establish the outline, characteristics and actual extent of the present issue in Europe. Firstly, an analysis of the phenomenon features will be done and secondly, it will be identified a comparison of prevention and treatment practices implemented in several European countries, in order to adopt new shared practices and intervention paths towards a strategic common answer concerning juvenile gangs.


The overall goal of project ITACA is to implement an European multi-level analysis of the "juvenile gangs" issue with the aim of creating a common vision of the phenomenon in order to better understand it and, subsequently, to identify Recommendations for implementing effective practices in treatment and prevention of the phenomenon. Thus, the present European programme aims at supporting actions to implement knowledge, skills and capacities of operators and professionals through a functional and dynamic approach gaining a "common culture" approach.

ITACA Final Report


- Realization of a common and shared European vision on the phenomenon; - Collection of good praxis; - Adoption of a dynamic model able to understand contexts and national situations; - Definition of specific strategies; - Individuation of key points


[Applicant] - Istituto Don Calabria. Italy.
[Partners] - Psychoanalytical Institute for Social Research (IPRS). Italy.
Libera Università Maria SS Assunta (LUMSA). Italy.
Association Diagrama Intervention Psychosociale. France.
Fundacion Diagrama Intervention Psicosocial. Spain.
University of Extremadura. Spain.
Pupil Parent Partnership. United Kingdom.
University of Sheffield. United Kingdom.
Universidad Catolica Portuguesa-Centro Regional do Porto. Portugal.
European Juvenile Justice Observatory (EJJO). Belgium.
[Associate Partners] - General Directorate for the enforcement of court orders - Department for Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Italy.
London Serious Youth Violence Board-Government Office for London. United Kingdom.
Direcção Geral de Reinserção (DGSR). Portugal.


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