Harm Reduction refers to policies and practices that aim primarily to reduce adverse health, social, and economic consequences of high risk behaviors and benefits people engaging in high-risk behaviors as well as their families and communities.
an approach based on a strong commitment to public health and human rights;
a targeted approach that focuses on specific risks and harms;
an evidence-based and cost-effective approach which is practical and feasible;
an incremental approach that is facilitative rather than coercive and is grounded in the needs of the individual;
an approach that requires practitioners to accept youth as they are and avoid being judgmental;
an approach that requires open, honest dialogue between all stake holders;
an approach that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of what behaviors they exhibit; and,
an approach that acknowledges ANY positive change an individual makes.
RHYTTAC, Presenter, Cassidy, TC “Harm Reduction, Positive Youth Development, and Trauma Informed Care: What are they and How do they Operationalize in Youth Serving Programs” January, 2013. PowerPoint.