ESTER- Evidence Based Structured Assessment of Risk and Protection Factors
ESTER is an assessment system that monitors risk and protective factors for youths (0-18 years) in relation to antisocial behaviour. It is a computer-based professional tool, including support, a screening system and structured assessment instruments.
ESTER is designed for those professionals who work with children (and their families) at risk of antisocial behaviour. It helps monitor and evaluate risk, protection and response.
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The offerFull training is provided in the method and its use. Users require a computer and pay a yearly license.
Main purposeESTER helps deliver:
- More effective collaboration across different professions (such as policing, social services, preschool/school, child and adolescent psychiatry) when it comes to young people with, or at risk of, antisocial or criminal behaviour
- More consistent risk/needs investigations and assessments, reduced arbitrariness
- More targeted efforts, by highlighting the specific risk and protective factors a youth and their family have
- Simpler and more routine repeat assessments (e.g. pre- and post-intervention) - ESTER’s design helps highlight changes over time.