Mending fences: reparation and the reorientation of young people in the secure estate

Dubberley, Sarah, Parry, Odette and Baker, Sally-Ann (2011) Mending fences: reparation and the reorientation of young people in the secure estate.

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The paper is informed by the findings of mixed method study of the Duke of Edinburgh intervention at selected secure estate establishments in England and Wales, drawing on the findings of an Attitude to Offending instrument (CRIMEPICS11) and accounts of young people and secure estate staff. Young people’s CRME-PICS responses are examined through qualitative data from focus groups with young people and interviews with staff delivering the intervention. The findings highlight the importance study participants placed on development of interpersonal relationships between young people, and between them and others within and outwith the secure estate. The authors suggest that, notwithstanding constraints on delivering interventions in the secure estate, reparation activities can be achieved with incarcerated young people, which may assist young offenders’ short-term strategies in managing day to day incarceration and longterm strategies of re-integration, acceptance by the community, and improved life opportunities in the future. The authors argue that while reparation activities, which do not involve face to face contact with victims, are often presented as a poor relative of restorative justice ‘proper’, they are not only more realisable in custody, but offer potential to facilitate development of fundamental social interpersonal skills which underpin young people’s rehabilitation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 Taylor and Francis. Metadata only available from this repository until June 2013. This article was published in the Criminal Justice Studies Journal by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) in 2011. The published article is available online at on the publishers website at
Keywords: young offenders, secure estate, CRIME-PICS II, restorative, qualitative
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Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2012 00:13
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:07

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