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Education in custody: young males' perspectives

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Many of the young people on arrival in prison have experienced multiple disadvantages and present with diverse and complex needs, with a higher incidence of mental health issues and/or substance misuse; in addition they have often been excluded from school and are usually well known to social services and they have lower levels of attainment and educational achievement than the non-offending population. It is essential that all those working in the delivery of education and training provision in young offender institutions endeavour to realise the significance of education as a protective factor in reducing re-offending. This paper will present the findings from a study which examined the education and training provision already in place within a Young Offender's Institution, with an emphasis on course preferences, additional support needs and resettlement.

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  • Anne Kennedy, 2013. "Education in custody: young males' perspectives," Contemporary Social Science, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(2), pages 104-119, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rsocxx:v:8:y:2013:i:2:p:104-119
    DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2013.767467
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