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Educating Young Offenders

Practicioners & Evidence

As in any learning setting the key to effective learning for young people in custody or at risk of offending is dependent on developing secure relationships, an appropriate learning environment and high-quality teaching. There may however be a number of additional issues, for example misuse of drugs or alcohol, mental health or family issues impacting on the young persons behaviour for learning. It is essential that these issues are addressed, for, as the YJB notes "the importance of education, training and employment cannot be overestimated - participation in school and college and attainment of work-related skills are major protective factors in offending and reoffending."

The complexity of issues that may impact on the behaviour of young people in custody or at risk of offending is reflected in the themes covered in the documents included in this resource area. Here you will find guidance and research reviews of effective interventions related to

  • crime prevention programmes
  • mental health interventions
  • finding suitable and sustainable employment
  • parenting programmes,
  • reengaging young people at risk of offending,
  • restorative justice approaches,
  • the potential impact of health services on reducing offending behaviour,
  • young people who have substance misuse issues,
  • young people who sexually abuse,


Key documents

Key websites


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