The link between poor educational outcomes and youth offending is inarguable. Research suggests that 90% of young people in custody have been excluded from school at any one time before entering custody, and 60% have significant speech, language or communication difficulties.
In custody, educational disadvantage is often compounded, with only 1% of youth offenders in custody for 12 months or longer achieving 5 or more GCSEs A*-C.
Creating mini libraries on each wing
Giving easier access to books, these will be refreshed monthly with additional new titles chosen by those taking part.
Giving out free books
Through our work with publishers, we give New Chapters participants books of their own to keep.
A programme of events
Including regular book clubs and writing workshops, which provide a supportive environment where participants learn how to communicate.
Participants will be encouraged to promote reading to their peers.
Working with National Prison Radio
A series of audio books and author events are broadcast on National Prison Radio.
Author and ambassador visits
Authors, who often have lived experience of the criminal justice system, visit prisons to meet participants and discuss their books.