Increasingly, arts-based interventions are being implemented as a means of engaging young offenders, resulting in a public debate over the value of such projects. Whilst there is evidence that many Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) throughout England and Wales endorse such approaches, the processes by which they may benefit young people and have the potential to change attitudes to offending remain under-theorized. In this article we examine a YOT-related creative writing project that embraces an offender-based restorative justice model that depends on a reparative mind-set. We argue that such arts-based projects are complex and potentially far-reaching in their effects.
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