Prevention of drug use, HIV/AIDS and crime among young people through family skills training programmes in low- and middle-income countries (Project GLO-K01)


UNODC has implemented a global project to disseminate family skills training programmes in different regions of the world (Project GLO-K01). The project is currently active in Central Asia, Latin America and Southeast Europe. An overview of the project is available in our BROCHURE in all six official United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Family skills training programmes offer sessions once a week for eight weeks to small groups of 10 to 12 families. During each session parents and children participate first in their own separate activities where they can discuss and learn skills specific to them. Parents and children then get together in joint activities to practise newly acquired skills.

Sessions are interactive and fun, full of games and discussions.  Parents learn family management skills such as setting standards for behanviour, monitoring and supervising skills and consistent discipline.  Everyone learns to listen and communicate better with each other, which has a positive effect on family dynamics and cohesion.

Family skills training programmes:

  • Delay initiation of substance abuse.

  • Increase children's school attachment and academic achievement.

  • Reduce affiliation with anti-social peers and increase peer pressure resistance skills.

  • Improve problem solving skills.

  • Prevent and reduce early aggressive behaviour and delinquency.

  • Prevent or reduce risky risky sexual behaviour and HIV/AIDS in children.