Beyond Youth Custody

‘Now all I care about is my future’ – supporting the shift: research report

20 November 2017 | Tagged with the theme:

This report proposes a theory of change for the effective resettlement of young people leaving custody. It recognises that effective and sustainable resettlement facilitates a shift 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 highlights how services should guide the young person with structural and personal support. This will assist in their development of a positive identity and become a new narrative for how they relate to others. Within the framework, young people are recognised as the central agent in their own rehabilitation.

Effectiveness of resettlement support is not just dependent on what steps providers take at different stages of the sentence, but how they take them. The report identifies five key characteristics of all resettlement support that research has consistently shown are crucial to effectiveness and sustainability:

  1. Constructive
  2. Co-created
  3. Customised
  4. Consistent
  5. 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.

Each section of the document will relate to, and explain, a specific part of an illustrated framework that can be found at the end of the document. You may find it useful to download this illustration in a separate window so you can refer back to it as you read the document. You can download this here

Now all I care about is my future – Supporting the shift – full research report

A framework for resettlement services – illustration



Publications categories

Resettlement of young offenders: informing practice, improving outcomes