Exploring how employment schemes for young offenders aid desistance from crime

Oswald, Rebecca (2020) Exploring how employment schemes for young offenders aid desistance from crime. Probation Journal. 026455051990023. ISSN 0264-5505 (In Press)

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Criminological literature investigating the association between employment and desistance presents largely mixed findings. This article uses the Skill Mill employment scheme for young offenders as a case study to advance our understanding of how participating in work programmes can influence youth reoffending. Participant observations and semi-structured interviews were conducted with young attendees of the scheme and their supervisors. The findings suggest that employment schemes that offer remuneration, that influence how attendees are perceived by others, that encourage friendships between individuals with a history of criminal justice involvement and that employ supervisors who manage the dynamics of the work group and support young people to change can aid desistance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth justice, desistance, employment, peers
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
L900 Others in Social studies
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2021 14:12
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 16:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45752

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