Wednesday 29th March 2017, I am in Westminster, London at the House of Lords for the launch of  report listening to inspirational young people 

Youth in Focus (YIF) is a Big Lottery Fund initiative which supported Beyond Youth Custody (BYC) and 15 voluntary sector projects across the country supporting young people leaving custody.

The event celebrated the work of these projects and the young people they have supported to succeed and achieve and highlighted the unique and important role that voluntary sector organisations play in transforming young people’s lives.

Guests heard from Lord Dholakia – Nacro’s president, Pippa Goodfellow – BYC Programme Manager

The Minister with responsibility for youth justice, Dr Phillip Lee, was at the event with over 150 of our partners, including young people, practitioners, Peers, MPs, and other representatives from across the youth justice sector.

Dr Phillip Lee said: “Over the past 5 years, Nacro and its partners have established an extraordinary foundation of evidence and learning for the effectiveness of resettlement practice in youth justice – a resource that will, no doubt, be invaluable in efforts to improve outcomes for young people leaving custody.”

Suraj and Noel – young men who have turned their lives around through hard work and the support of resettlement projects, with valedictory remarks from Lord McNally – former Chair of the Youth Justice Board.

My colleagues Sarah and Pippa just before the event, #excited

BYC research finds that effective resettlement is a process that supports a shift in a young person’s personal narrative, which starts with an acceptance of offending behaviour and moves towards an eventual point where offending has ceased and the young person has a more future-oriented and positive sense of self. Evidence has identified the key characteristics that enable this process – that it should have engagement and participation as a primary focus, and that it should be individually-tailored, continuous and coordinated.

To read the full report click:
BYC Lessons from Youth in Focus

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