ERIC Number: ED396896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Outdoor Activity Provision for Young Offenders and Young People at Risk. Report.
In the summer of 1992, a survey gathered information on the availability and the nature of outdoor adventure experiences and related activities for young offenders and youth at risk in the United Kingdom. Survey questionnaires were returned by 61 providers of such services and by 159 youth social work and custodial agencies identified as potential users of outdoor activities. Results indicate that only limited outdoor activity provision was available to young people in trouble or at risk. This provision was most commonly offered as a recreational or low-intensity group and personal development resource. There was little evidence of intensive personal development or therapeutic work through the use of outdoor activities. The most active providers were organizations working from bases in inner-city and other urban areas. A very small number of residential outdoor activity and development training centers were also active. Few providers specialized in work with youth at risk. Many youth social work and justice agencies made some use of outdoor activities in their work with troubled and at-risk youth, particularly those aged 13-17, but such efforts were limited due to cost constraints, safety concerns, and lack of information. Many youth social work agencies that used outdoor activities strongly emphasized group and personal development, but providers and users seldom collaborated in this developmental work. Both providers and users were heavily dependent on statutory and charitable funding sources to finance outdoor activity provision. Two appendixes include statistical results. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Basecamp, Dumfries (Scotland).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom