Face It is an experiential learning programme based on therapeutic methods that leads to significant behaviour-change, self-awareness and motivation on the part of participants. Having been initially developed as an offender rehabilitation programme in South Africa, it has been tailored  to suit school-age audiences in the UK with a focus on prevention and diversion from violence, crime and conflict. The programme is particularly well-suited to young people facing significant personal barriers in their lives, who may either be at risk of offending or becoming involved in gangs or who have been victims of, or witnesses to, violence and crime.

The Face It programme guides participants through a process using experiential and creative learning techniques such as art, drama therapy, storytelling and mask-making.  This approach is supported by various therapeutic models including social cognitive theory, restorative justice, psychosocial development and group therapy.

The programme is made up of 10 modules of 2-3 hour facilitated sessions, normally delivered over 5 consecutive days.

Course Content Covers:

  • Levels of Violence (verbal, emotional, physical);
  • Theory and Cycle of Violence (how victims can become perpetrators);
  • Reflection & Belief Systems;
  • Risk Factors and Triggers to Aggressive Behaviour;
  • Personal Values and Responsibility;
  • Relationships & Life Purpose;
  • Introduction to Restorative Justice & Victim Impact;
  • Coping Skills & Motivation to Change.

Learning Outcomes Include:

  • Ability to recognise the three levels of violence;
  • An understanding of violence and its origins;
  • Greater awareness of the effects of violence and conflict (including bullying and racism);
  • Improved listening skills and greater empathy for others;
  • Development of Emotional Intelligence;
  • Enhanced self expression and self awareness;
  • Improved relationships, increased citizenship and participation;
  • Increased self-esteem and improved self-care;
  • Ability to recognise, avoid or cope with high-risk situations & triggers to aggressive behaviour;
  • Ongoing group/1:1 support.

Target Audience

  • Young people in Years 7-12 (mixed male-female or same sex groups);
  • Young people in mainstream education, PRUs and alternative education provision;
  • Young people in secure units and young offenders institutes (YOIs);
  • Children who are at-risk of involvement with crime  or joining a gang;
  • Children who have witnessed or been victims of crime;
  • Children who display violent or aggressive behaviour within school;
  • Teachers, Learning Mentors and support staff who wish to understand or co-facilitate the programme.