The University of Applied Science Rotterdam has appointed dr. P. Vuijk per december 1, 2013 to professor (UAS) Public Care and Prevention for Youth. The mission of the research group Public Care and Prevention for Youth for the upcoming years, is to deliver a significant contribution to effective prevention and care for youngsters in Rotterdam.
The research group has connected a research programme to this vision with three research themes. The first objective of the research programme is to develop and test indicated prevention programmes. The social objective is to make a significant contribution to enhancing the resilience of youth, their parents and teachers to
- decrease, compensate or make bearable the psychosocial problems of the youth and
- to make these prevention programmes available to and integrate in Rotterdam institutions for youth welfare work and in education, after the programmes have been proven effective by the research group.
The research group develops and tests programmes both for the youth themselves (research theme 1a) as well as for their parents and teachers with the aim to support them optimising complex pedagogical contexts (research theme 1b). The second objective is to develop and test implementation strategies for youth professionals (research theme 2). This to achieve the aim to optimise the skills of youth professionals to implement the evidence-based guidelines of indicated prevention programmes, and to make these methodologies available to, and integrate in Rotterdam institutions for youth welfare work, education and the curricula of the joined institutes/ colleges of the University of Applied Science Rotterdam, after the programmes have been proven effective by the research group.