Since launching our first pilot in 2009, we have delivered over 230 behaviour change programmes and delivered mentoring support to more than 3600 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.
"The participants were empowered and enthused with new optimism and relief at being reconnected with their communities" (Mapham & Hefferon, The University of East London 2012)
"Khulisa's programme demonstrates significant statistical improvement in participant coping skills and empathy, personal distress, anger management and aggression" (President of The International Family Aggression Society, 2011)
"It is recommended that the Khulisa [programme] is replicated elsewhere both for adult and young offenders" (Evaluating Social Action for Rehabilitation, July 2015)
Theory of Change
Khulisa measures carefully selected core outcomes based on our Theory of Change. This draws on robust evidence placing social and emotional wellbeing at the heart of positive life outcomes for young people at risk of social exclusion. By ‘social and emotional wellbeing’, we mean “the strength and capacity of our minds to grow and develop, to be able to overcome difficulties and challenges and to make the most of our abilities and opportunities” (Young Minds, 2006).
Why focus on Social and Emotional Learning and Wellbeing?
Evidence shows that social and emotional learning and wellbeing is central to successful life outcomes for all young people. There is international evidence that social and emotional learning reduces mental health issues, prevents criminal behaviour and promotes not only academic achievement, but lifelong learning, satisfaction and success. Social and emotional learning is successful for young people from across all backgrounds, and is especially effective for disadvantaged young people
How we work
All our programmes are delivered by highly qualified therapeutically trained professionals. We build the social and emotional skills of young people through a mixture of drama-therapy, small group and 1:1 sessions, training professionals who support young people, strength-based and restorative approaches. 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.
The process of change
Improved social and emotional skills and wellbeing form the basis for positive longer-term life outcomes. These longer-term outcomes are not limited to the absence of crime, exclusion or negative behaviour. They include meaningful engagement with others and society and positive and productive life choices that promote well-being. This will look different for every individual. The focus is on flourishing and thriving rather than compliance and desistance.
We look for positive long-term 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.
We use pre and post evaluation measures, and strive to follow up with participants 3, 6- and 12-months post-programme where possible. Our data collection tools are based on validated frameworks, considered ‘gold standard’ measures for life satisfaction and wellbeing. Our Theory of Change has been validated by Project Oracle Standards of Evidence – Standard 1.
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)
- RJ4All Cabinet Office RSAF Evaluation – 2015 RJ4All Cabinet Office RSAF Evaluation Exec Summary 2015
- TRAC Psychological evaluation report, HMPYOI Isis, October 2012
- Manchester Metropolitan University My Square Mile interim report, Nov 2012
Face It (School Programme)