Courses and Education

“A Life of Choices” is a programme designed to help young people understand and change their criminal behaviours. It uses proven methods like cognitive behavioural theory, motivational interviewing, stages of change, and hands-on learning to reduce crime among youth. The programme also pays attention to local crime trends and uses professional judgement in its approach.

The goal of “A Life of Choices” is to teach young people how to act responsibly and make better life decisions to decrease how often they offend.

The programme emphasises:

  • Empathy
  • Responsibility
  • Impulse control
  • Respect
  • Positive social behaviour
  • Self-reflection

It starts with various assessments to understand the needs of the participants, and includes 12 main lessons that take from one to several weeks each. These lessons build on each other, teaching skills like:

  • Social interaction
  • Communication and relationships
  • Handling peer pressure
  • Managing anger
  • Solving problems
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Understanding why offences happen
  • Personal values
  • Making decisions
  • Finding motivation to change
  • Understanding the impact on victims
  • Controlling impulses

After the core lessons, the programme can be customised with 16 optional lessons based on specific needs. These include topics like:

  • School engagement
  • Understanding theft and public disorder
  • Recognising the consequences of harmful actions
  • Understanding property damage and road safety
  • Learning about trespassing, burglary, and weapons laws
  • Preparing for employment
  • Understanding drug-related issues
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Addressing racism and discrimination
  • Analysing personal offending behaviour
  • Understanding gang involvement
  • Finding role models and motivation

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