Click for support

Background
The EU project Click for Support has been developed together with the European prevention network euro net because digital techniques like the internet and smart phone apps have a big influence on the daily life of young people. They are used for communication with friends, as an information source, shopping and more.

Although those techniques play such a big role in young people’s life and only a fraction can be reached trough conventional prevention work, still, in terms of drug prevention, the internet is not used on a regular basis. Web-based methods would provide an easy access to young people and have, compared to face-to-face interviews, proved to be a cost-effective way to reach them. The possibilities of web-based offers are wide-spread. They can provide professional feedback on consumption patterns, raise knowledge on drugs and support the reduction of drug consumption interactively.

Another reason why web-based methods should be implemented in daily prevention work is the recent development in the field of new psychoactive substances, so called “legal highs” which is a big cause for concern. Typical for these substances is the low-threshold purchase via internet. However, there are very few web-based offers providing information or feedback on these substances.

Although immensely needed, currently no guidelines on developing and implementing web-based interventions exist.

Project objectives and target group
The development of such guidelines is the main objective of Click for Support. Therefore the European knowledge and experience with web-based interventions will be collected and assessed in 13 European countries.

A second objective is to raise awareness on the importance of web-based techniques in the daily work of prevention workers. They should keep up with the techniques the target group uses on a daily basis. In this sense web-based technologies will also be used in the development and for promoting and disseminating the project and the guidelines. For example a LinkedIn group has been established where prevention experts will discuss research results and develop the guidelines together.

Plan of action
After thorough national researches on web-based interventions and the assessment through certain quality criteria and together with young drug consumers the results will be summarized.

Three best-practice examples will be chosen and presented at the Interim conference. Afterwards a first draft of the guidelines will be developed. After gaining feedback from all project partners and other prevention experts through two Delphi rounds the guidelines will be adjusted accordingly.

The guidelines will be presented at the final conference in Münster and the national conferences in all partner countries. The dissemination of the guidelines should continue beyond the end of the project.