Exploring how employment schemes for young offenders aid desistance from crime

Rebecca Oswald*

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Criminological literature investigating the association between employment and desistance presents largely mixed findings. This article uses the Skill Mill employment scheme for young offenders as a case study to advance our understanding of how participating in work programmes can influence youth reoffending. Participant observations and semi-structured interviews were conducted with young attendees of the scheme and their supervisors. The findings suggest that employment schemes that offer remuneration, that influence how attendees are perceived by others, that encourage friendships between individuals with a history of criminal justice involvement and that employ supervisors who manage the dynamics of the work group and support young people to change can aid desistance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number026455051990023
Pages (from-to)52-69
Number of pages18
JournalProbation Journal
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


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