Our Impact

Since launching our first pilot in 2009, we have delivered over 100 violence reduction workshops and delivered mentoring support to more than 3000 offenders and young people.

Khulisa’s programmes are proven to be effective in reducing re-offending and improving participants’ mental health and wellbeing.  As well as helping participants who are openly demonstrating self‐destructive behaviours, Khulisa’s programmes have had an equally transformational impact on young participants who are disengaged or emotionally vulnerable, helping them to identify some of the roots and triggers for their behaviour.

Theory of Change

Khulisa measures carefully selected core outcomes based on our Theory of ChangeThis draws on robust evidence placing social and emotional wellbeing at the heart of positive life outcomes for young people at risk of social exclusion. We look for positive changes in the following outcomes across all programmes:

  • Perceived life satisfaction – how satisfied individuals feel with the quality of their lives overall.
  • Social and emotional wellbeing – we measure both how a participant feels and how well they are functioning.
  • Reduced negative mental wellbeing markers: reduction of reported negative mental health markers such as sleep patterns, concentration levels and anger.

The diagram below shows how our focus on social and emotional learning helps young people to address and overcome the root causes of challenging behaviour.

Key Findings

Results from two recent external evaluations (funded by the Cabinet Office and conducted by Restorative Justice for All and the University of Central Lancashire) found that Khulisa’s programmes successfully decreased anger and hostility, as well as verbal and physical aggression.  The programmes also had a positive impact on how young people responded to stressful events.

  • Only 7.6% of participants went on to re-offend (vs 31% control group)
  • 98% of pupils were reported to have demonstrated a positive change in behaviour
  • Over 91% of participants were reported to be in school and performing well, 12 months after the programme was completed

Other Impact Reports

Silence the Violence (Prison Programme)

Face It (School Programme)

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