Beyond Youth Custody


The prison resettlement team noticed that one of the young women in their care “could do with a bit of help” and contacted project staff, with whom they had good links. This was Linda’s referral.

Project staff invited Linda to discuss her situation and needs with them in person, and whilst released on temporary licence, Linda met with her assigned mentor at the project offices. Linda came across as self-assured and well-presented.

Linda knew what she wanted, but didn’t know how to achieve her goal: Linda wanted to go to university. A basic plan of action was agreed.

Linda developed a good relationship with her mentor, and they met up again over coffee. They listed the necessary practical steps to make the plan Linda’s reality. They drew up a revision timetable to ensure that Linda got good grades at college. They enlisted the help of Linda’s solicitor to find suitable accommodation. They discussed student finances and the process of selecting a course, making applications and accepting offers.

With her mentor’s support, Linda submitted her university application in early 2013. They met twice in April to discuss timelines and finalise plans, and kept in contact via email.

Linda started her life as a university student in September 2013.

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Resettlement of young offenders: informing practice, improving outcomes