Why young offenders need support
The needs of children in custody are unique. Children are by definition, developing, and are still to gain the life skills and experience that are needed for good social behaviour and decision-making. For children in custody this inexperience is too often compounded by trauma, a high prevalence of neurodisability and missed opportunities to support positive development. But all children are highly resilient and capable of rapid and extraordinary change if provided with education, support and opportunity adapted to their needs.
Novus youth provision enables children to confidently set out in new directions, towards positive futures.
Our commitment to supporting young offenders
For almost 30 years, Novus has worked with children and young people from custody through to the community. Through a whole establishment approach, our passionate and professional colleagues work in close partnership with our Group and sister organisations, fellow providers, government agencies and community stakeholders. Most importantly, they work with care and commitment and in partnership with the individual children and young people that they support through the Secure Stairs Framework.
Working together, we can a make a difference to every child, their family and their community. Now, and for the future.
Let there be no doubt. Education should be at the heart of the prison system... Prisoners are in prison because they have done wrong. But once they have served their time, it is just... and in the interests of their communities that they have... the chance to re-enter society successfully, to find work, to live fullfilling lives. If education is the engine of social mobility, it is also the engine of prisoner rehabilitation.— Dame Sally Coates, Unlocking Potential: A review of education in prison (May 2016), Ministry of Justice