Custody to community: supporting young people to cope with release: a practitioner’s guide
22 August 2016 | Tagged with the theme: Transition to community
This practitioner’s guide is about the way that young people experience the transition from custody back into the community. The early days to weeks following release can be an overwhelmingly stressful experience for young people. While some navigate this period relatively smoothly, the dominant theme is that young people find it hard to cope, and feel disorientated when adjusting to life in the community. This relates to adjustments to the sudden change in life regime, environment and the renegotiation of relationships. Consideration of this adjustment period can be critical for longer-term resettlement success. This guide identifies recommendations to ease the transition and offers examples of promising practice which may support practitioners in their work with young people.