Funded by the Calgary Police Foundation, the Multi-Agency School Support Team (MASST) is a joint partnership between the Calgary Police Service, the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Catholic School District, The City of Calgary’s Calgary Neighbourhoods, and Alberta Health Services.
The MASST program facilitates the early identification of high-risk behavior and the delivery of prevention and intervention services to children from five to 12 years old.
Each MASST team consists of a police officer and a registered social worker working closely with the city of Calgary school boards.
Risk factors addressed by MASST
MASST addresses the following risk factors in youth:
- Risky or dangerous behaviour at school or in the community that could result in criminal charges.
- Pattern of victimization at school or in the community.
- Exposure to alcohol and drug use.
- Seeking recognition and belonging from negative influences.
- Limited parental supervision.
- Parental or sibling criminal involvement.
- Limited attachment to the community.
The role of MASST is to intervene and connect clients to existing social resources. These referrals are done on a case-by-case basis. MASST currently addresses risk factors at the child, family and community levels. The focus of the program is on children while educating parents and inviting the family into an active role. MASST gives families a good understanding of their risks of victimization and criminal involvement.
Referrals to MASST come through existing Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District area processes. Parents are encouraged to speak with their school and schools are encouraged to speak with their area specialists.
For more information on MASST, please email the MASST team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-428-5808
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