On 29th March Friday afternoon, young people from Action West London's Big Lottery funded Youth Transition Network spoke about their great successes to an audience of 150 delegates at the Beyond Youth Custody House of Lords event.
The purpose of the event was to celebrate the achievements of the Beyond Youth Custody programme, the work of the Youth in Focus (YIF) projects and young people. It also served as a chance for YIF to say thank you to all those people who have supported BYC’s work over the last five years and launch a report. The ‘Lessons from Youth in Focus’ report highlights BYC’s learning from the YIF projects about effective resettlement.
<Young men from AWL YTN project with Courtney Wright (Youth Project Advisor) and Dr John Blackmore (Chief Exec) outside Parliament>
The report highlights key lessons from the Youth in Focus (YIF) programme, using the characteristics identified from five years of BYC’s research as a framework for understanding and describing these lessons.
BYC research finds that effective resettlement is a process that supports a shift in a young person’s personal narrative, which starts with an acceptance of offending behaviour and moves towards an eventual point where offending has ceased and the young person has a more future-oriented and positive sense of self. Evidence has identified the key characteristics that enable this process – that it should have engagement and participation as a primary focus, and that it should be individually-tailored, continuous and coordinated.
The full report can be downloaded from Beyond Youth Customdy publications page, which can be found here.
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