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Transitions for children and young people who offend: Actively planning for success

Updated: 15 August 2019

Being able to understand and prepare for transitions gives young people some certainty and control over their future and helps contribute to a successful outcome for them.

Involving the young person’s whānau or family in the development of the plan and providing them with support and strategies to sustain a change in behaviour is essential, and it is important to remain in contact with the whānau or family to identify, address and resolve issues at home before the young person returns. Every young person completing a residential order deserves a comprehensive plan to ensure positive and supportive reintegration into their community. Close and ongoing liaison between the social worker and the residential case leader is at the heart of successful planning. This liaison begins when the social worker is preparing the supervision with residence order and continues throughout the length of the order. Understanding each other’s role and working closely together will give the young person the best chance of sustaining a positive change in behaviour once they leave the residence.