Smart thinking - Helping young people develop moral reasoning and thinking skills about offending and anti social behaviour

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By Don Rowe and Amands Dickinson

A4 wrio, 120 pages

Published 2006

Smart Thinking is a comprehensive programme for work with young people between the ages of 12 and 18. It can be used whenever there is behaviour, or a desire to encourage positive social relationships.

It has been developed by the Citizenship Foundation in conjunction with youth justice workers. It can be used with young people:

  • who are already in trouble, whether in secure or non-secure settings
  • who may be at risk of getting in trouble
  • who may be in schools, clubs or communities and need help in thinking about matters such as 'respectful relationships' or 'rights and responsibilities'.

All are encouraged to be more aware of, and discuss problems, attitudes and feelings, whether they are facing them as individuals or as groups.

Smart Thinking contains material for 10 two-hour sessions and offers ideas and suggestions for further sessions. Illustrated photocopiable pages are provided to support group activities and exercises, along with guidance on how to set up and maintain groups and how to create a lively and varied pace throughout the session.

For use by anyone who works with young people from the age of 12 upwards, in schools, youth work, youth justice, Connexions, social work, counselling, policing and community safety.


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