The 11 and Under Initiative (11UI) is targeted at children exposed to risk factors that may increase their tendency to engage in unhealthy behavior. By identifying these children early in their life and addressing the challenges faced by their families, the goal is to make appropriate connections and referrals for children to optimize their health, safety and development.
The 11UI has several key objectives:
Community Services Division
The 11UI is a collaborative partnership aimed at supporting children under the age of 11 who are exhibiting behaviour that puts them at risk for criminal involvement or who are at increased risk for victimization.Steering Committee:
Since 2008, the Regional Intersectoral Committee (RIC) has been focusing its efforts on the determinants of community well-being, often referred to as the root causes of crime. In 2009, conversations at the RIC table suggested that the focus be narrowed to two specific determinants based on community priorities: housing and early childhood years. The RIC membership felt it important to support these areas of priority and put in place committed resources to further this work.
In the fall of 2009, data was released showing that Regina children are behind their Saskatchewan peers in early development. One in three kindergarten children in Regina were found to be behind in at least one important aspect of their development. This research is based on scientific evidence that shows how early childhood development can affect people for the rest of their lives.
Armed with this data and the identified need to focus on early childhood in our community, the Regina Police Service responded. Utilizing the Understanding Early Childhood Years survey data and the research compiled by the Regina Police Service, in 2009 an early intervention initiative designed to address risk factors in children under the age of 11 (factors placing them at an elevated risk of deviant behaviour) was developed. A proposal was provided to the Regina Police Service Executive for approval.
During the developmental stages of the initiative, conversations occurred with key community and government stakeholders who would become instrumental in the delivery of this collaborative initiative. Logistics were dealt with, including confidentiality (with families and among service providers), consent form development, reporting structures, data gathering and strategic planning, and in January 2011 referrals began.
The Regina Police Service recognizes that tackling deeply rooted social issues cannot be undertaken independently. As such, a strong emphasis is placed on collaborative approaches that take a multi‐sectoral process to address issues. Combining efforts with others who share responsibility for issues has cost-saving implications for all stakeholders involved both immediately and, more notably, in the long term.
Initial costs included:
The initiative began as a pilot project for the first year, functioning only with the dedicated 11UI Officer and partner stakeholders. The 11UI Coordinator was added in May 2012.
With the assistance of an external evaluator, we intend to gather data on the indicatorsreflecting each of the above outcomes.The following outcomes and indicators were tracked (draft):Pro-social engagement:
We are in the initial stages of a communication strategy. Key messages:
Anecdotal feedback has been received from stakeholder organizations and families, as well as statistical data on files, but we have not formally compiled uniform data into an evaluation.
In August 2009, Regina Police Service Chief Hagen was invited by the Child Development Institute of Ottawa to involve Regina Police Service as one of four policing agencies to pilot an early intervention assessment tool, EARL‐PC. These best practice research- and evidence-based assessment tools were utilized to shape the 11UI.