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Risk Assessment Tools (EARLs)

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About the EARLs

The Early Assessment Risk Lists (EARLs) are evidence-based, gender-sensitive risk assessment tools for use with children between the ages of 6 and 11 with disruptive behaviour problems. They are structured clinical risk assessment guides that provide a comprehensive framework for practitioners to evaluate a range of child, family and community risk factors known to influence young children's propensity to engage in future antisocial behavior, so that appropriate treatment and risk management plans can be implemented.

The Early Assessment Risk List for Boys (EARL-20B) and Girls (EARL-21G) are designed to:

  • Assist practitioners working within a wide range of disciplines in the identification of risk factors associated with future antisocial behaviour
  • Promote a structured, gender-sensitive approach to risk assessment
  • Help professionals to develop, prioritize and implement risk-reducing treatment option
  • Make scientific research about risk factors accessible to practitioners
  • Help bridge the gap between risk factor research and clinical practice, and vice versa

These public domain tools were developed by Child Development Institute to be used freely with minimal expense to the user. It is anticipated that their application - during the course of clinical practice or through systematic scientific research - will produce improved knowledge of how to prevent future antisocial behaviour in this specific population of at-risk children.

The EARLs have received international acclaim and have been recognized by several national and international bodies, and are being used in Scandinavia, New Zealand and the United States. The tools have also been translated into French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian and Japanese.

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“We were impressed with research results that are very promising – evidence of an effective tool for children over the long term. The risk assessment tools provide an excellent platform for identifying the child, family and biological factors that may contribute to children’s behaviour, but also as a means of establishing data that can be used in the evaluation of the program and the impact of the SNAP program on children’s behaviour.”

John Lawrence, Executive Director, Kilmany Uniting Care, Australia