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A sports counseling scheme for young people on criminal probation in Hampshire (England) was developed in the 1980s as a partnership between the Sports Council and the Probation Service. The scheme aims to encourage offenders, aged 14 and up, to make constructive use of their leisure time; to allow participants the opportunity to have positive experiences and develop social skills; to make offenders aware of related educational, training, and employment opportunities; and to contribute to crime reduction programs. Elements of the scheme include individual and group activities, outdoor challenge, community participation, justice and equal opportunities, health and fitness, education and training, and preparation for future employment opportunities. Both cooperating agencies must consider the individual needs of participants, avoid stereotyping of individuals, take part in appropriate awareness training that explains individual needs and aspirations, and engage participants in program planning. Over the past 5 years, the Sports Council found that probation officers felt sports activities helped their clients by promoting self-esteem, self-awareness, confidence, friendships, and achievement, and by making individuals aware of resources available to them. This paper contains a chart of elements explaining Probation Service involvement in sports, and a list of general factors encouraging probation officers to refer clients to another agency. (SV)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Athletics, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Foreign Countries, Leisure Education, Probation Officers, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Programs, Young Adults, Youth Programs

Autor: Waldman, Keith

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10342&id=ED378023

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