360° – The National Program for Children and Youth at Risk: The Needs of the Participants and the Services Received

360°– the National Program for Children and Youth at Risk – is an inter-ministerial program headed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services (MOSAS) and in partnership with the ministries of Education, Health, Immigrant Absorption, and Public Security. The program goal is to significantly expand and upgrade community services for children and adolescents at risk. The program was first implemented in 2007 in 72 local authorities in the lowest socioeconomic clusters and will have reached over 180 local authorities over the course of 2015.

The local authorities in the program pledged to follow a structured systematic process of planning and decision-making. To this end, from 2009 to 2011 a process of identification and mapping of needs was conducted among all the children and adolescents in every authority that joined the program in those years. By early 2011, many of the authorities had completed the planning processes and started implementing the services in accordance with the needs of the children and adolescents and the characteristics of the authority. At the same time, a locality-based information system (LIS) was developed to enable the authorities to monitor and examine implementation of the services and the status of the children and adolescents receiving them.

The report presents an analysis of the data collected in the LIS:

  • The characteristics and needs of children and adolescents at risk who received services through the National Program
  • The change in the status of children and adolescents participating in three widely utilized services in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

MJB played a major role in the development of the infrastructure systems, both in the identification and mapping process carried out during 2009-2011 and in monitoring the degree of improvement of those who received services through the National Program in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Using data collected during six years of implementation of the program (2009-2015), the research team produces local, regional and national reports that are used by the various professionals and agencies involved in the program. This report provides, for the first time, an opportunity to learn about the contribution of the program to the participants.

The study was commissioned by the National Program for Children and Youth at Risk and funded with its assistance.

Citations in the professional and academic literature

Lifshitz, C. C. (2017). Fostering employability among youth at-risk in a multi-cultural context: Insights from a pilot intervention program. Children and Youth Services Review76, 20-34.

Gottfried, R., & Ben-Arieh, A. (2019). The Israeli Child Protection System. In National Systems of Child Protection(pp. 139-171). Springer, Cham.