English: This article describes the development, implementation and outcomes of two
community-based lifeskills programmes in Noupoort for children with troubled
behaviour. Results show that approximately one out of every five children re-engaged
in misconduct or criminal behaviour following participation in the programmes.
Continued offending occurred predominantly in property-linked crimes. This indicates
a need for improved assessments and alternative or additional support for some
of the participants. Although most parents/guardians of referred children valued
the programmes, practice indicates that it is difficult
to secure their involvement.
The study includes descriptions of comparative situations from South Africa and
international evidence in respect of intervention with troubled behaviour of children.