Offender Led Workshops Work and It's That Simple

Communications do encounter boundaries on occasions and this is something we probably all accept as true. It does make sense, and it's logical that as we try to get information from one place [person] to another, things may well get in the way and this will slow down or stop that information exchange. So when we are aiming to communicate with [get information to] young people, it makes perfect sense to me and almost anyone that has worked with young people at risk of offending or ex-offenders, that the boundaries typically encountered will be overcome much more easily or even, in many cases, completely avoided, if the people giving that information are in a position to be listened to in the first place.

If a speaker, teacher or trainer is held by their class in a position of authority or is deemed knowledgeable on the subject they are delivering on, they will be listened to and heard more fully. 

So it naturally suggests that if someone is delivering a session on youth offending then they should have people that have direct experience of youth offending to take part in or entirely do the delivering. Of course not all ex-offenders are equal in their ability to deliver sessions, but if they have experience that they want to share and if that experience is of benefit to the group being delivered to, then we will facilitate that session so that all the benefit there is to be had, is transferred to the group and appropriately received.

The key to success in this way is to deliver top quality information and experience sharing through responsibly structured and effective sessions, tailor made to be most appropriate to the group to which it is being delivered to. Whatever the group, the content needs to remain relevant and congruent with the aims and learning outcomes of that session. Content needs to be adjusted, as does delivery style and material accordingly, to maintain the level of effectiveness, otherwise the core reason for the session being successful can be lost.

Without any doubt, ex-offender led workshops and presentations have the most impact and benefit on groups that are at risk of offending or who have offended and in light of this very straightforward fact, more such sessions are needed in order to constructively support young people and empower them to make informed and positive decisions that will help them to avoid otherwise potentially negative outcomes.

Article Source: Roger Blackman

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