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

Eva Djordjevic
UNODC Youth Forum 2021 Participant

“A campaign like ‘Listen First’ will help push discourse and policy towards scientific evidence because many current national drug policies are still largely based on anecdotes, myths, prejudice, and emotional reactions.” 

Dr. Oriol Esculies
International Commissioner, Association ‘Proyecto Hombre’

“‘Listen First' focuses on the importance of developing life skills, involvement of parents, and the subtle emphasis that the earlier one starts with prevention, the better it is. This is in line with our prevention approach.”


Valerie Chmara
Psychosocial Support Specialist, UNODC Global Programme to End Violence against Children

“‘Listen First’ allows children to be valued and also to value what they think and how they feel. Respecting and considering the feelings of children is an essential step in preventing violence against them.”


Dr. Alexandra Martins
Head of the UNODC Global Programme to End Violence against Children

“UNODC places children at the centre of all our work and supports countries in creating the necessary conditions to promote child participation and civic engagement in decision-making processes that will affect children.  Initiatives such as “Listen First” contribute to acknowledging that everyone has a role to play in the well-being of children. Listening to children is a crucial step in preventing and responding to violence against children”


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