A theory of change for resettlement

Beyond Youth Custody argues for a theory of change for young people leaving custody which prioritises young people as the agents of their own change.

Reflections on the turnaround series

Russell Webster looks back at 18 stories of people who have left prison behind to forge new and successful careers in the criminal justice system.

What works?

Alan Mackie of Get The Data argues that we too often overlook the importance of worker-service user relationships in successful desistance work.

Bearing witness to desistance

Sarah Anderson in this year’s Probation Journal best paper discusses the value and effectiveness of probation officers bearing witness to desistance.

Desistance and young people

00000Embedding desistance practice The timing of the Probation Inspectorate’s new thematic inspection on desistance and young people could hardly be better. Published on 24 May 2016, it forms an important context for the review of youth justice being undertaken by Charlie Taylor for Michael Gove. The report The inspection sought to assess the effectiveness of practice in YOTs across eight domains which desistance research has highlighted as being significant in supporting children and young people’s journeys away from …

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Understanding desistance from sexual offending

Perhaps their most important conclusion is the contention that probation practice should focus more on helping sex offenders move forward, away from a life of crime rather than continuously re-examining past offences.

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