Novus offers children and young people in custody the opportunity to change.
The Government is tackling the root cause of youth crime with an unprecedented package of education and training for young offenders, and Novus is fully supporting the reducing re-offending agenda.
From Community Payback to Approved Premises, from partnerships with visionary charities to projects with partner organisations, Novus delivers market-leading offender education, training and employability services.
We have a team dedicated to youth custody, enabling us to deliver 30 hours of education a week, which is available to every young person who goes into custody. This is commissioned by the Youth Justice Board, and has a focus on resettlement, partnership working, and ‘through the gate’ activity to get them back into school, college or employment.
While we strive to prepare offenders for more education or employment, in youth custody there is also a strong emphasis on social and personal development, being a good citizen, and independent living skills.
The curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of the young people while being aligned with mainstream delivery.
One of our key partners is Kinetic Youth, which is part of the resettlement and engagement team. This involves keeping the young people motivated and engaged, encouraging them to attend all classes and liaising with offenders who do miss sessions to discuss the reasons for their absence.
We are also a partner in the Turnaround To Work Project, which is a Youth Justice Board initiative. The scheme aims to reduce the levels of youth offending by offering short work placements to young people when they leave custody.
Learners Discuss Discrimination in Visit by Anne Frank Trust
Novus learners in HMYOI Cookham Wood were given the opportunity to explore important topics like discrimination, social exclusion and tolerance in a visit by the Anne Frank Trust.
The Trust held its exhibition in the Young Offender Institution so the learners could build on the knowledge they have picked up in their Personal and Social Development studies.
In the weeks prior to the event, Novus and prison colleagues handed out the Trust’s posters, leaflets and DVDs to Tutors, which gave learners on courses and in Outreach education the chance to find out more about the short life of young Holocaust victim Anne Frank before attending the exhibition.
Novus has built a network with youth custody partners which helps children and young people return to purposeful activity.
The contracts we earned in 2015 to deliver 30 hours of education per week in three of England's four Young Offender Institutions are an example of the way in which we work closely with partners to provide learners with vital knowledge, training and employability skills.
We are always open to new and innovative ways to extend our reach and give even more young people the chance to embark on a crime-free future, so if you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch.Partner with us