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

Dr. Milan Pekić
Director, Office for Combating Drugs, The Republic of Serbia

“‘Listen First’ presents a unique opportunity for mutual cooperation for all institutions and organizations [related to] child education and drug policies … [which] enables the involvement of the whole society in raising awareness … [and] contributes to the health of children and the health of society as a whole.”


Dr. Zili Sloboda
President, Applied Prevention Science International

“‘Listen First’ takes the next step in educating not only prevention professionals but also other professionals who may be in contact with parents or children who may benefit from evidence-based prevention interventions.”


Marshall Morrisseau
UNODC Youth Forum Participant, 2020. Employee, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, Canada.

"'Listen First' is a great and very accessible resource. It could have a huge impact on my community. It is an excellent tool that can empower people to make conscious decisions."


Dr. Layla Al-Hayas
Executive Director, Monitoring and Innovation Sector at the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi

We use ‘Listen First’ materials and videos to raise awareness among families and caregivers about the importance of actively listening to children, monitoring their daily routines, participating in their activities, and being patient with them."


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