Young People's Circles of Support and Accountability
What will a Circle for young people look like?
The Safer Living Foundation's Young Peoples Circles project will work with young people living in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire, aged 10-18 who have been cautioned or convicted of a sexual offence and who require additional support to help improve their emotional well-being and decrease their social isolation. Young people will be referred to the project by agencies who are already working with the young person. Each Circle will have between 3 and 5 volunteers and these volunteers will be made up of a mix of demographics (different genders, ages and ethnicities). A Circle meeting will consist of the young person and all the volunteers.
In order to engage young people and build on their strengths and interests, the Circle will utilise activities such as sports, the arts and music to build rapport, gain trusting rehabilitate the young person. The Circle will focus on reducing the young person's social isolation, loneliness and impulsivity which in turn should lead to feelings of belonging to communities and increased determination to avoid anti-social and criminal behaviour. this pro-social intervention is designed to enhance the young person's social skills and confidence and will help young people to desist from problematic behaviours before they become entrenched in adulthood.
For more information on Circles of Support you can click here.
For referral criteria please click here.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for both our adult and young people’s projects. If you are interested, click here for more information.
We are very grateful to have received support from the following funders: