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Integrating young ex-offenders into youth work

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To fill in this knowledge gap about integration of young offenders, different activities were tested and carried out with (ex-)offenders in Lithuania, Croatia and the United Kingdom. The experiences and tips when working with this group were compiled.

Aims of the tool

To equip youth workers with knowledge and skills how to work with young (ex-)offenders (what to do, what to avoid, pros and cons of different types of activities).

Description of the tool

Helping young (ex-)offenders is not easy, as it is not easy trying to help any other teenager. However, having in mind the complexity and difficulty of the backgrounds such convicted youngsters came from and experiences they had to live through and/or witness, makes them extra sensitive and vulnerable. This is why, having no prior experience in the field might determine some activities going not as wanted, despite all the planning efforts put way in advance.

To fill in this knowledge gap and make the activities easier and beneficial on both ends, different activities and youth work efforts were tested and carried out with (ex-)offenders in Lithuania, Croatia and the United Kingdom. The experiences, tips and things to consider when working with the group mentioned has been compiled as well as suggestions of what exciting activities might be initiated.


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Tool overview

This tool is for

Youth workers (working or willing to work with young offenders, youth at risks, or vulnerable youngsters in general)

and addresses

Social Inclusion

It is recommended for use in:

Strategic Partnerships

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

VsI Integracijos Centras

in the context of

Erasmus+ KA2 project "Climb-Over"

The tool has been experimented in

Pilot programme (series of events with youth), Training, Multiplier events

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Indre Jurgeleviciute (on 23 September 2020)

and last modified

2 September 2020

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