What Have I Done?: A Victim Empathy Programme for Young People

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010 - Education - 204 pages

Victim awareness and the needs of victims of crime are a major societal concern. What Have I Done? is a photocopiable resource and DVD to encourage empathy in young people who commit crimes or hurt others through their actions. It is designed to be used directly with young people who have committed a specific crime or caused harm and distress to others through their actions, and challenges the young person to face the harm they have caused and consider what they can do to help put things right.

The course is flexible and interactive, and can be used on an individual basis or with small groups, and is suitable for young people with limited literacy. The exercises are challenging, and aim to be engaging through the use of creative arts, film, role-play and discussion. Clear guidance is provided for the course leader, and evaluation is built into the course, including a psychometric test. A DVD to help stimulate discussion is also included.

What Have I Done? will be ideal for victim empathy work in Youth Offending Teams and Young Offender Institutions, and can equally be used in schools, children's homes, youth groups and any context with young people. The programme is measurable, featuring pre- and post-programme empathy scales, and is suitable for young offenders subject to a youth rehabilitation order.


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About the author (2010)

Pete Wallis is Senior Practitioner (Restorative Justice) for Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service, UK and co-author of The Pocket Guide to Restorative Justice with Barbara Tudor, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Clair Aldington is a Visual Arts Development Officer for Shetland Arts and a practising artist and Marian Liebmann is a freelance Restorative Justice Trainer and Consultant and has written and edited ten books, including Mediation in Context and Restorative Justice: How It Works, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.