ITACA project implemented an European multi-level analysis of the specific topic of "juvenile gangs" creating both a general vision of the phenomenon to understand it and - in the light of these researches - identifying key elements and Recommendations through an exchange among the partners and all the experts involved.
ITACA was based on the direct involvement of diverse typologies of partners operating at different level in the field of minors and juvenile gangs, specifically: A - NGOs and Organisations belonging to the Private sector; B - University/Research Institute; C - Juvenile Justice Departments and specific Offices (Associate partners).
The beneficiaries of the project were: experts, stakeholders, operators of various areas involved in the phenomenon of juvenile gangs.
In the first phase of the project, a national analysis of the situation in partner country (Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom) focused on educational and treatment programs but also on: research of statistical data, mapping of the national Services, praxis in use.
During the second phase, a European comparison among the different realities was carried out in order to jointly define the key elements to be adopted independently from the specific context of origin.
This phase also involved a national exchange among experts to start a discussion based on the operative practices (realization of national workshops); these exchanges allowed to define jointly Recommendations about treatments and on the issue of prevention that after have been inserted in the final products.
During the last phase a strategic plan of dissemination was realized thanks to:
The strenght factor of the project was its multi-sectoral approach; in fact, the specific topic was analysed under different aspects (legal, sociological, pedagogical, cultural, etc..) through the sharing and dissemination of practices in use, theoretical framework, implemented intervention and related research activities.