What works for young people?: evaluating the role and importance of young offender mentors

Brooker, Joshua Elliott (2016) What works for young people?: evaluating the role and importance of young offender mentors. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This project critically examines the role and importance of young offender mentors within criminal justice. As a largely voluntary position, the role of a mentor within criminal justice involves assisting those who have offended, or are at risk of doing so. After years of treating adult and juvenile offenders. similarly, young offender legis1ation and mentoring interventions brought about successes for the criminal justice system, which has resulted in greater care and attention for young people. Literature that has evaluated this role in particular lacks substantial wider opinion. Therefore, this study outlines the developmental, legislative and research evidence base of young offender mentors, in order to undertake a small scale primary research study. The methodology utilised in this research consists of semi-structured interviews, and together with chapter one, acknowledges the role and importance of young offender mentors, in addition to recommending areas for improvement.
    Fundamentally, this study obtains five overarching conclusions:

    1. A positive change in attitudes can be accomplished within mentees through key strengths such as patience and listening.

    2. Concerns emerged regarding the lack of time available to spend with a mentee, which can affect the outcome of conclusion number 1.

    3. Improvements in positive advertisements and progression of voluntary roles are required.

    4. Mentoring should not be substituted, but implemented alongside schemes to assist victims and perpetrators alike.

    5. Further exploration is required with a larger research base to successfully evaluate such a broad topic.

    These conclusions are acquired through the critical examination of wider literature acknowledging the 'What works' thesis, accompanied by the primary research conducted. Significantly, there is a scarce amount of research concerning the significance of the role and importance of young offender mentors, hence the requirement for this study.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 10:02
    Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 10:02
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22444

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