Halt is a Dutch organisation with a national network of offices which aims to prevent and combat juvenile crime. 

The crime prevention activities of Halt consist of advisory services, educational programmes and the development and implementation of crime prevention projects. The activities are carried out at local and regional levels. 

Halt is also responsible for the enforcement of alternative punishment given to young people up to the age of 18. About half of the juveniles arrested by the Dutch police are referred to one of the Halt offices to undertake a Halt programme.


Halt tackles school absenteeism

Frequent truancy may affect juveniles’ learning progress and may curb the development of a positive self-image. The Dutch Government plans to drastically reduce school absenteeism for the next few years. One of the actions that can be taken in this respect is to refer truants to Halt.

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