This chapter focuses on the importance of relationships in relation to the successful resettlement of young people. Relationships, within the STC and with family and peers outside, can be a significant influence on young people in custody and upon release, with positive relationships helping them to make smooth transitions and desist. This chapter explores the many facets of relationships for the young people in custody. It highlights the importance of building strong, positive relationships based upon trust, both with staff in the STC and with others outside in the community. Such relationships help to empower young people and involve them in co-producing their own rehabilitation strategies, despite the isolation of their custodial sentences. This relational approach recognises how a sense of belonging and feeling a part of a family, can help begin the move away from offending behaviours.
KeywordsFamily Friends Trust Empowerment Isolation
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