Time to grow
A comprehensive programme for people working with young offenders and young people at risk
By Tim Chapman

Young people give up offending and other anti-social behaviour when they become aware of the consequences of their behaviour, commit themselves to a better future and receive support and guidance to act on that commitment. The process of change for young people is a process of maturity.

This handbook enables practitioners to:
  • create and sustain an environment for growth
  • design and deliver processes of change
  • coach young people towards the achievement of their goals.

  • The programme addresses the dilemmas and difficulties that practitioners face every day. It summarises in a comprehensive yet accessible way research on:
  • the onset, persistence and desistance of offending
  • effective ways of enabling young people to become more aware, to learn new cognitive and interpersonal skills and to develop new lifestyles
  • how to plan tailored programmes which conform to the principles of effectiveness.

  • The modules and practical sessions address both protective and risk factors identified in research in a challenging and engaging way. They have been designed to meet the needs of Youth Offending Teams and can be delivered with groups, families and individuals in a range of other contexts. The modules can be mixed and matched to a range of needs and levels of risk.

    The value base of the programme is based upon the principle that young people are active and reflective in their responses to the difficult process of growing up in modern society.

    A4 wiro. 256 pages. 978-1-898924-62-3. Published 2001. £39.95.


    "Get hold of this." Youthwork.

    "There is a great breadth of issues and material brought together, addressing topics from policy and management level, through to individual interactions with young people... the material raises many questions for reflection… there are some basic methods and tools suggested, exercises that could be used, and questions that can be helpful, then each section is worked through, addressing individual goals, feelings and behaviour. Each section begins with a checklist for practitioners to run through, ensuring they are focused on the session ahead of them… the attitude behind the book, that assumes both practitioners and young people are intelligent and capable and that processes of dialogue generate a collective intelligence exceeding individual creativity and problem solving, is refreshing.' Youth & Policy.

    "The Author's aim is to help design and deliver their own programmes… readers will no doubt find it valuable." Prison Service Journal.