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 Community and Neighborhood Service department (Community Social Development Division), and Alberta Health Services. The MASST program facilitates a collaborative and comprehensive approach to early identification and the delivery of prevention/ intervention services to children between the ages of five and 12 years old, who are exhibiting high risk and negative behavior or are at increased risk of victimization. This program is funded by the Calgary Police Foundation.
The role of MASST is to intervene and act as a conduit to existing social resources from which its clients could benefit. These referrals are done on a case-by-case basis. MASST currently addresses risk factors at the child, family and community levels.
About MASST teams
Each MASST team consists of a police officer and a registered social worker working closely with the city of Calgary school boards. 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.
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.
To decrease the likelihood of children under the age of twelve becoming involved in a criminal lifestyle or pattern of victimization by:
- Increased collaboration among police, schools and social agencies to prevent youth crime.
- Reduction in criminal involvement and/or victimization for participating children and youth.
- Increased awareness among participants and families of the consequences of criminal behaviour.
- Increased awareness and access to existing social support services for participating families.
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 email@example.com or call 403-428-5808.
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