Participation in the ‘Young People as Educators’ project.

There are two main initiatives to this project both involving young people in contact with the criminal justice system and social work students from the Magee campus.

Outline of Activity

Young People Involved in the Justice System as ‘Educators’ with Social Work Students developing multimedia educational resources.” Engagement with education is critical to both prevention of, and avoidance of further offending behavior. Initiative 1: Young people from HMP Hydebank Wood and undergraduate social work students’ work together to create a learning resource for future students on the needs of young people who have been involved in offending behavior and who have experience of prison. Initiative 2: Young people currently in the community who are excluded and involved with the Youth Justice Agency work with students to develop learning resources to assist students to understand restorative processes and their needs through this.

Learning Outcomes


  • Recognise the skills needed to engage and interact with different age groups and  ‘hard to reach’ in social work
  • Understand what it means to experience social exclusion
  • Appreciate the importance in education and employment for access to full citizenship.


  • From the experience, reflect on and assimilate information to help inform future career planning in social work.
  • Reflect on own bias prejudice in relation to people involved with the justice system.


  • Reflect on and improve own learning and performance.


  • Evidence of advanced communication skills in social work practice.
  • Evidence problem solving skills in unfamiliar environments.
  • The activities in this module are designed to increase your awareness of the experiences of excluded young people involved with the justice system, in particular what they need from social work to help them reintegrate into their communities.

Assessment Details

  • Participation in all preparatory sessions
  • Evidence of having undertaken the required reading
  • Attendance and active engagement in all project days
  • Completion of the OCN Level 3 award
  • Submission of reflective log
  • Submission of evaluation of project.

Level of Commitment

The commitment requires attendance at the project on nine full days, as well as attendance at 2 preparatory days. In addition there are weekly review, reflective practice sessions for the duration of the operational side of the project (approximately 3 months).

Students will be required to keep a weekly reflective log and to do the reading for each session.

There will be follow up of regular meetings at the Bytes project for students to complete the OCN level 3 award (approximately 2 full days) and to create the digital resource (DVD) – approximately 6 x 3 hour  sessions.

Finally students will be asked to keep a written record of evaluation of each project day and complete a final evaluation of the overall project.

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