Why We Exist

The link between social exclusion and crime is devastating for people caught up in the cycle. Breaking this link is the reason Khulisa exists.

To break the cycle of social exclusion and crime, Khulisa works with at-risk youth, prisoners and ex-offenders to understand and tackle the root-cause of their violent and anti-social behaviours. We do this by placing wellbeing at the heart of rehabilitation, providing intensive therapeutic support and mentoring, which builds self-awareness and emotional resilience. By equipping people with the tools to choose alternatives to violence and crime, we provide a way out and a chance to feel safe and well. In doing so, we transform their lives and enable them and their communities to truly thrive and flourish.

We are there at every stage of the criminal justice system delivering programmes, training staff and researching best practice. Our programmes are listed on the Youth Justice Board’s Library of Effective Practice, and have received Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service’s “Effective Regime Intervention” approved status.

“I just feel like I’m up against the system, housing benefits and no-one is listening. I just couldn't cope with everything at once”

The cycle of exclusion and crime

  • Less than 1% of UK children are currently in care and yet more than half of young offenders have been in care
  • Disruptive behaviour is the most common cause for school exclusion and excluded pupils are 4 times more likely to go to prison
  • Suicide rates are 10 times higher in custody than amongst the general population with 1 suicide every 3 days in UK prisons
  • Upon release from prison, more than 1 in 10 find themselves without a home to go to (this is more than 3 in 10 for young offenders)
  • Ex-prisoners are 10 times more likely to borrow money from a loan shark than the average UK household
  • 1 in 5 employers say they would exclude an offender from any recruitment process
  • Children of prisoners are 3 times more likely to offend themselves
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