Young offending has never been a simple matter. In fact, Western countries have tended to sit along a continuum with welfare approaches on the one side and justice approaches on the other in perpetual tension. This has led to often-contradictory and uneven policies and practices such as the “risk management” or the “child-friendly” approaches to juvenile justice system present since the 1900s.
What it is indeed clear, is the need to focus on the social and emotional competences of these young people as they have proven to have positive outcomes in adult life and the potential sporting activities has on this endeavour.
Mindful of these considerations, the AG4C project takes sports and physical activity as a starting point for young people in conflict with the law and at risk to develop these competences in a playful and innovative way.
AG4C will use the Warwick-Edinburgh well-being scale (WEMWBS) to assess the development of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness, all vital socio-emotional competences for the autonomy and social re-integration of the young people. Educators, social workers and staff from community for minors and secure settings will be trained in the use of the scale and the different games that include building shelters, finding escape routes, overcoming challenges and using hoops, balls and nets in teams.
Stay tuned for the practice guide that will be out soon and tried out next autumn.
If you are a community for minors or a secure settings in Palermo or province and would like to try out this new approach with your educators and young people, contact Cloé Saint-No: email@example.com.
About the project
ActiveGames4Change: Sports and Physical Activity Learning Environment for Citizenship, Emotional, Social e-Competences is cofunded by Erasmus+, KA3 Social inclusion and common values: the contribution in the field of education, training and youth.
The project activities are managed by the following partners:
- University of Gloucestershire (UK, coordinator)
- University of Beira Interior (Portugal)
- CESIE (Italy)
- Aproximar (Portugal)
- IPS – Innovative Prison Systems (Portugal)
- Centrul pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente – CPIP (Romania)
- BAGázs Public Benefit Association (Hungary)
- Republic of Turkey Ministry of Justice – General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses Izmir Probation Directorate (Turkey)
- Fundación Diagrama Intervencion Psicosocial (Spain)
- ANTER (Romania)
For further information
Contact Cloé Saint-Nom: firstname.lastname@example.org.