Working with Offenders

Working with Offenders teaches you about the balance between punishment and rehabilitation. The course is a fantastic way to learn more about the skills and attributes required to succeed in criminal justice occupations (and beyond!) that involve working with offenders and vulnerable individuals. This course provides the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills and improve your employability.

What does the course involve?

Delivered by Sam Onagoruwa, a life coach who works with offenders, the co-curricular course gives you the chance to learn more about the impact of offending on families; what to expect when working in prisons; how to recognise patterns in young offending (county lines, gang participation, etc.); and the importance of proportionate sentencing. The course draws upon Samuel’s experiences in these areas, and more, to challenge perceptions of offenders and offending behaviour and to inform practical approaches to rehabilitation.

How does it build on my degree studies?

Working with Offenders will build upon theoretical knowledge on how and why people commit crime, and how best to rehabilitate them. It will introduce you to the practical skills necessary for working with people who offend, along with the various institutional setting in which this work takes place.  The course will also teach empathy for offenders, who are often some of the most vulnerable members of society, and the social, legal, and moral importance of rehabilitation.

What new skills will it give me?

This course will boost your organisational and analytical skills, as well as giving you an opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking. It will develop your emotional maturity and ability to understand others’ circumstances, as well as learning to communicate more effectively.

How can it help me open new doors?

The skills you’ll learn on this course will help you in every aspect of your career, including securing that all-important first graduate job. The ability to understand others’ circumstances, to demonstrate empathy, and to communicate effectively with them will be valuable not only in the criminal justice sphere, but also in any person-centred occupation. These experiences will increase your confidence and will look great on a CV!

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