"Now all I care about is my future": supporting the shift

Beyond Youth Custody
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This framework proposes a theory of change for the effective resettlement of young people leaving custody. It recognises that effective and sustainable resettlement leads to a change in the way that a young person sees themselves, from an identity that promotes offending to one that promotes a positive contribution to society. The framework identifies how services can guide the young person with structural and personal support, which will help them to develop a positive identity. Within the framework, young people are recognised as the central agent in their own rehabilitation. The report also identifies five key characteristics of resettlement support that are crucial to its effectiveness and sustainability: Constructive, Co-created, Customised, Consistent, and Co-ordinated. The framework has been designed as a resource for policy makers, decision makers, academics studying youth justice and will be of interest to anyone working with young people leaving custody. (Edited publisher abstract)

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young offenders, resettlement, self-concept, service provision;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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