The Science of Care

Evidence-based science that informs parenting and caregiving around the world.

About Listen First

'Listen First' is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.

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What people are saying

Nives Letnar Žbogar
Coordinator of the 'Health in kindergartens' program and Head of the Ljubljana regional unit of the National Institute of Public Health

"The messages are basic, simple, perhaps forgotten, but very current both in the time of fast consumerism and in the time of the COVID-19 epidemic. Following the parenting tips will help us feel better and connect and understand each other better." 


Ashita Mittal
UNODC Regional Representative at ROCA

“Substance use prevention works, especially evidence-based prevention, such as increasing parenting skills and using 'Listen First' materials. Thank you to our member states for adapting and scaling up UNODC Programs on the prevention of drugs and crime. Together we have and can go far in making our families and societies healthy, safe, and secure.” 


Dr Nick Banatvala
Head of Secretariat, United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (WHO)

"'Listen First' is a great opportunity to raise the profile of non-communicable diseases and mental health across sectors beyond health, including finance, education, and social protection, thus promoting a coherent and multi-sectoral response."


Karthika Pillai
UNODC Youth Forum 2021 Participant, State Coordinator in the Program Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment of India

“Listen First paired up with evidence-based strategies can be very effective as they not only comprise of protective factors but are also applied at an age-appropriate developmental stage.”


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