How we work – with prisoners

Prisoners on the KeepOut team share their personal experiences with the young people who attend the workshops. This helps them to reflect on their own previous offending behaviour, reinforces the lessons they have learnt and enables them to give something back to the community. Since the scheme started in 1996, over 500 prisoners have benefited from the KeepOut experience.

The rehabilitation journey
Working for KeepOut is a positive step for most prisoners on their rehabilitation journey. In partnership with the prisons and Youth Support Services, KeepOut recruits and selects the most suitable prisoners.

KeepOut provides a work base location in each prison.

We support the prisons goal to provide a framework that helps prisoners achieve realistic resettlement goals, in particular the 'Outlook' and 'Support' Routeways.

In addition, prisoners are actively encouraged to improve their basic skills and to enrol on to courses that provide recognised accredited qualifications that have currency in the world of work.

KeepOut has developed a systematic process for supporting the prisoners as part of their rehabilitation. It starts the moment they are appointed on to the scheme and continues during their resettlement.

Release and resettlement 
KeepOut staff make ex-prisoners aware of organisations they can access after release. Contact can be maintained with the scheme post release so KeepOut can share any relevant new opportunities with them, as well as provide access to a developing database of workplace contacts and known community support.

Since leaving KeepOut many prisoners have used the transferable skills and competencies learnt with our scheme to successfully gain employment. We are proud to be able to say that the majority have not re-offended.


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• Self assessment 

• Motivations for working with young people 

• Circles of support

• What is youth work?

• The role of a youth worker

• Child protection 

• Attitudes and values 

• Boundaries

• Roles and responsibilities

• Key issues for young people 

• Active listening

• Types of questions 

• Body language

• Identifying the needs of young people

• Maslow

• Support agencies for young people

• Leadership

• Planning and resources

• Working with groups

• Types of behaviours

• Learning styles

• The learning cycle

• Conflict in groups

• Individual learning plans

• Peer feedback

• Diversity

• Drama

• Facilitation and presentation skills


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Preparing for the world of work
KeepOut replicates the realities of applying for a job outside of prison and prisoners are expected to complete an application form and, after being risk assessed by the prison, they attend an interview.  During a probationary period they complete their core training to enable them to develop the necessary skills and competencies to work with very challenging young people in a professional manner and within a safe environment including:

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