Youth Voice Journal (YVJ™) is the world's leading peer-reviewed journal publishing theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people and youth work. YVJ™ is published by RJ4All Publications and is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO and ERIH PLUS.

Thulane Gxubane (2018) Reintegration challenges of youth who were diverted into a residential sex offenders’ programme in South Africa


This article explores the reintegration of youth subsequent to their release on completion of their residential sex offenders’ diversion programme and the role of social workers in this regard. It draws on the study which explored the management of youth sex offenders through residential diversion. The methodology included a case study, a combination of qualitative and quantitative research approaches, and a non-probability purposive sampling. A semi-structured interview schedule was used as a data collection instrument through in-depth face-to-face interviews with ex-youth sex offenders (YSOs), their parents or guardians, and professionals involved in the management of YSOs and/or their victims. The study found that most youth did not continue with their schooling on their return to the community. The youth experienced a varied number of challenges during their release from the youth centre some of which were linked to the sex offences they had committed. It was found that, in some cases the family or/and extended family members were actually a source of problems for the young people. The study also found that the facilitation of transition stage from the youth centre to the community presented a huge challenge to different youth justice service providers and as a result of no clear role clarification, reintegration and after-care services are not rendered. These services need to be made part of the programme through a court order, since they are perceived as not central to the rehabilitation process.

Key words: reintegration, after-care services, youth sex offenders, residential diversion, secure care social work, probation practice



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Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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This entry was posted on August 21, 2018 by in Citizenship.

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RJ4All Publications is a non-profit independent, publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and is the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  


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