My placement was with a national charity that aims to reduce reoffending among young people by providing volunteer mentors in six young offender institutions, and it provided me with some valuable experience in the criminal justice system. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet young offenders, prison officers, charity staff and volunteer mentors. I also found it extremely interesting to gain a first hand understanding of the way prisons are run and what life is like for young offenders. Primarily, I have developed my knowledge around the reasons behind the high national reoffending rates. By looking at individual cases and observing life in prison, I have learnt about the range of factors affecting individual young offenders and their ability to desist from crime. I have learnt the importance of rehabilitation, whilst recognising the need for other agencies, such as social services, education and the Police to identify vulnerable young people.
Jack Brackley, BA Social Policy (Crime and Criminal Justice)
Jack's experience is just one example of the placements that students arrange in their final year on our BA Social Policy (Crime and Criminal Justice) programme. Placement opportunities will vary each year, but each will allow you to see the relationship between policy and practice, and perhaps give you an insight into a future career.