Welcome to Kinetic
Kinetic…Specialising in Youth Work in Youth Justice
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Kinetic is a social enterprise that uses youth work methodologies to support young people to improve their lives. We work with those in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the youth justice system.
Primarily, we deliver Youth Work Services for young people housed within the secure estate. We build voluntary relationships with young people and support them to try new things, gain new skills and gain information that will help them understand their world better. The support we offer depends on what the young people want and need, and continues as long as they want it to support them to re engage within their lives, their community and create a better future for themselves.
We provide consultancy, training and direct delivery to Youth Offending Institutes, Youth Offending Services, schools and colleges, Integrated/Youth Services and other local, national and public sector organisations.
We specialise in youth work in youth justice and using interactive, participative group work methodologies, we focus on increasing youth participation, providing accreditation and developing peer mentoring.
To positively impact on the lives of young people through good quality youth work, protecting and preserving their rights, reducing disadvantage and challenging issues within the youth justice system.
Find out more
There are a number of videos you can watch to find out more about us.
Emily Thomas, Governor, HMYOI Cookham Wood.
Tanya Edwards, YOT Manager, Lewisham Council.
What Young People Say
Our latest promotional video highlighting what young people and partners think about Kinetic.
Kinetic, The Journey
An aspirational film about reaching for the future.
Kinetic’s aim is to work with young people to develop their skills, knowledge and experiences and provide them with support to enable them to access services that they can benefit from and that can improve their lives.
Kinetic understand the variety of challenges that young people face in today’s society. For those who do not find the support they need from services available and, as a result, find themselves in, or at risk of being in the youth justice system, we believe there is still hope.
Youth work methodologies have been proven to successfully support young people to fulfil their potential and go on to achieve success in their lives. Using these methodologies Kinetic aims to provide a service that:
- Enables young people to develop skills and increase confidence to engage more positively in their own lives
- Support young people to bridge the gap between their needs and accessing services available to them to meet their needs
- Provide educational opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding to achieve things they wish to
Often, young people who end up in the secure estate do so because they have not received the right support for them, or because they’ve gotten into situations they can’t get out of. Kinetic does not judge any young person on what they’ve done; we work with them to achieve what they want to achieve.
We work with young whenever they need us, in court, in reviews, in prison, on license, going home or at home. We can help young people to identify what can help them, what they’ll enjoy and support them with the things they need to do.
What We Do
Kinetic specialise in delivery in the following areas:
- Youth Work In Youth Offending Institutes (YOIs)
Kinetic provide a bespoke Youth Service including positive constructive activities, evening and weekend provision, skill development and experiential learning, 121 support, accreditation and awards, youth council development, generic and specific social clubs/groups, focused workshops and community projects to support release on temporary license and resettlement back into the community.
The voluntary relationship with youth workers supports young people to learn and grow through their engagement. With this learning, growth and support from a youth worker, they can better understand their world, engage more positively, and access vital support services required to enhance their resettlement.
Not only does this service respond directly to individual needs, it supports and promotes all service delivery, and plays a vital role in behaviour management for the establishment.
- Supporting Resettlement
Kinetic have a number of partners who we work closely with in the community. Kinetic are able to maintain an established relationship with young people post release to continue the support and skill development young people need to engage. Using these relationships with young people Kinetic work with partners to develop and promote community opportunities for young people, to support engagement within these opportunities pre and post release.
- Youth Participation
Kinetic train young people on representation and participation, and support them to work with adults to improve services for young people. Kinetic deliver this within the secure estate and have supported young people’s councils’ to work with senior management teams of YOIs. Kinetic also deliver participation work within the community supporting young people to have their say, improve service and make changes that benefit them and other young people in communities.
Kinetic also ensure that young people’s views are at the heart of the organisation and its development. Young people are trained and involved in the recruitment of all staff. We have Young Advisors who advise managers and prioritise the organisations’ development, and we employ young people as peer mentors and apprentices.
- Peer Mentoring
Everything Kinetic deliver works on a peer mentoring model. Young people are encouraged to support other young people to gain knowledge and skills and to leaner from each other. Young people are supported to become peer mentors within establishments in clubs and groups, in relation to specific projects work, out in the community and when young people are leaving and need some additional support from someone they can relate to, who really gets it!
- Violence Reduction
Kinetic understand the sociological and biological issues the young men we work with face. Violence comes hand on hand with their experiences, learned behaviour, testosterone, a lack of consequential thinking, and of course, their current residential circumstances. Kinetic use all our delivery as a behaviour management tool, but in addition, have developed a specific violence reduction programme.
This programme uses the youth work methodology to support experts in victim awareness, gangs, violence and anger to explore issues and support learning in a safe environment. The youth work relationships promote positive choices and using peer mentoring, support young people to promote other ways of addressing issues
The work Kinetic carries out is broadly broken down into 3 key areas:
Kinetic can deliver any/all aspects of youth work to any groups of young people using interactive participative workshops, young people focused activities and outdoor education programmes and residentials. All delivery is bespoke and designed with the organisation to meet their needs.
Kinetic can provide training for workers in relation to youth work, youth participation, group work, accreditation, youth justice, and resettlement, to name a few. Training programmes are bespoke and designed with the organisation to meet their needs.
Kinetic can provide consultancy to any organisation in the field of youth work, youth participation and youth work within youth justice. Consultancy services are bespoke and designed with the organisation to meet their needs.
Contact us for a free exploratory meeting.
Danielle Knowles Youth Work Supervisor
Elliot Payne Youth Work Supervisor
Vicky Hill Youth Work Supervisor
Karen Owens Youth Support Worker
Lydia Ball Youth Support Worker
Raphael Primus Specialist Youth Work Supervisor
Alex Hall Youth Support Worker
HMYOI Cookham Wood
Joanne Raff Youth Work Supervisor
Lisa Arnold Youth Support Worker
Leanne Audain Youth Work Supervisor
Caroline Simms Youth Support Worker
Rochelle Duke-Pottinger Youth Support Worker
Sahira Khan Youth Support Worker
Shianne Tharpe Youth Support Worker
HMP YOI ISIS, HMP YOI Rochester & HMP YOI Elmley
Ellen Franklin-Charles Youth Support Worker
Ruth King Youth Support Worker
Mitch Dorsett Youth Support Worker
In addition to the core team, Kinetic employ a number of part time workers whose knowledge and experience varies, but who all want to work with young people to support them to improve their lives. Each of these workers works for Kinetic to deliver our vision as a single team.
If you’re interested in joining the Kinetic team, head over to our recruitment page more information on current opportunies and and what we look for in our team members.
Kinetic are committed to maximizing resources to provide the best services for young people and that’s why we always deliver in partnership with other organisations. Currently our partners are:
- Medway Secure Training Centre
Kinetic deliver a wide variety of youth work interventions at Medway Secure Training Centre. These include one-to-one support to develop relationships and social skills, media clubs, performing arts and association support, all to encourage increased engagement in positive construction activities. Kinetic also deliver the formal youth participation work at Medway STC, supporting young people to actively get their voices heard at decision making levels, working with all stakeholders to ensure best outcomes are achieved for all.
- HMP Rochester
Kinetic deliver 121 and group work sessions to Young Offenders aged 18—l25 using youth work methodologies to help them to engage better within regime and services within the establishment. Kinetic also deliver transition work to those coming into and moving out of Rochester.
- HMP ISIS
Kinetic delivery 121 and group work sessions to Young Offenders aged 18—25 using youth work methodologies to help them to engage better within regime and services within the establishment. Kinetic also deliver Youth Work training to those interested in a youth work career to both support them as Kinetic volunteers and increase their employability. Kinetic also deliver transition work to those coming into and moving out of ISIS.
- HMYOI Wetherby
Wetherby is one of our newest education contracts, but the biggest in size and our first piece of work in Wetherby. We have an enthusiastic and vibrant team developing delivery to support engagement in education for all young men across the establishment.
- HMYOI Feltham
Kinetic deliver youth work both within the education contract and across the establishment to support the young men to better engage with services during their time. Using a variety of youth work methodologies, including youth participation, Kinetic are able to build strong relationships and support the young people to improve their behaviour.
- HMYOI Cookham Wood
Our first ever project that started back in 2010, we deliver a range of informal activities to support existing provision. Over 52 hours of delivery is facilitated during evenings, weekends, daytime and holidays. The activities include youth club, youth council, induction, various accreditation schemes, ROTL and more.
Kinetic also support the prison with their weekly visits for young people. Kinetic work with the young people to prepare them for and debrief from their weekly visits, again, using youth work methodologies. Kinetic also liaise with prisons and families to support needs as identified that can increase young people’s visits opportunities and experience.
- HMYOI Werrington
We have been present here since 2013, delivering a range of activities, to increase engagement in education and daily regime. Sessions are facilitated during evenings, weekends, daytime and holidays. The activities include youth club, youth council, induction, various accreditation schemes, mediation, ROTL and more.
We deliver in partnership with NOVUS education provider, to support young men with their learning. Kinetic deliver a bespoke alternative education programme that includes group work and one to one. We work with those young men to build esteem, empower and increase their engagement into mainstream education pathways.
- HMP YOI Elmley
Kinetic deliver 1-2-1 and group work sessions at Elmley to Young People aged 18–25 using youth work methodologies to help them to access the regime and services on offer, in particular supporting them to access education and work opportunities. Kinetic do this by offering informal group work sessions and ‘youth club’ activities.
Kinetic are also supporting the young people to develop a youth council which incorporates participation training.
Our previous work includes the following:
- South East Resettlement Consortia/East Midlands Resettlement Consortia
We worked in partnership with South London Resettlement Consortia and East Midlands Resettlement Consortia, delivering through the gate community resettlement support with many young people, achieving some significant impact outcomes. Support services included one to one support sessions within the establishments, building relationships to extend beyond the prison walls, devising plans and target setting for release, as well as delivering emotional support and development for first 24hrs post release.
- Kinetic Community Café
This exciting project provided young men who are housed in or being released from Cookham Wood and other local young people with the opportunity to work in a café and gain qualifications and experience in this working environment as within a community.
- Kinetic Outdoor Allotment Project
This partnership project enabled young men from Cookham Wood or local young people to develop an allotment where they can plant and grow veggies or develop outdoor projects (shed building) to gain skills and experiences and provide things that local community members can benefit from.
- HMYOI Warren Hill
This project delivered over 30 hours a week to all young men and was developed from the Cookham Wood Model.
- HMYOI Downview
A short, but successful project enabled Kinetic’s work to expand to work with females within the secure estate. Whilst the project didn’t continue as the establishment closed, the relationships with young people were maintained as they were released.
- Stoke City Football Club
Working in partnership with the Community Trust of the football club, Kinetic are able to develop community projects for young people on release from custody or as part of their resettlement.
Measuring the impact of our work is very important. The following has been extracted from our annual reports from 2017/2018.
- HM YOI Werrington: 6 months (July ‘17 to January ‘18) incidents across the prison v in Kinetic sessions 241 prison, 2 in Kinetic, less than 1%.
- YOI Cookham Wood: in two months we were working with 15 young people who were excluded from normal regime, we supported 10 of them to reengage with normal regime which is 66% reengagement.
HM YOI Wetherby: Kinetic pathway (education) sessions; has seen a marked improvement for the YP, they now move on at around 5/6 weeks where previously it was around 12/14 weeks. This is a 45% increase in the change of negative behaviour to positive within the group allowing them to move on to main education.
- YP support quote
Kinetic are my favourite, because they take the time to understand you and will try to help when you ask for it, even if it’s not work related. If its work they will take time to explain it in a different way so we all understand it
- Officer (partner) support quote
We never have YP sent out from Kinetic sessions
- Youth Worker support quote
YP on Kinetic sessions are being moved on to main education quicker: 2 YP who have been on outreach have moved onto part time education and continue to access Kinetic for outreach and additional support as part of their education plan. 1 YP has been working with Kinetic to changed his negative behaviour towards young people and staff, has made small steps and is now able to access association on the spur. 2 High risk level YP have been introduced to education and have been attending the Kinetic session only. 1 High risk YP who was part time with Kinetic has now been successfully moved onto mainstream education having completed 6 weeks with Kinetic. 1 New high risk level YP have been introduced to education and have been attending the Kinetic session only
- YP support quote
- HM YOI Feltham: 2017 over 6 months recorded the % of yp’s returning to mainstream education after attending Kinetic sessions on average was 53.5% reengagement
- HM YOI Werrington: time outs (meaning they can leave the class without penalty) used by yp’s in education over a four month period (Aug 17 to Nov 17) was 383, compared with one time out from a Kinetic session. Showing less than 1% of the time outs used are used for Kinetic evidencing significantly higher levels of engagement
- HM YOI Feltham: use of force data showed 84 young people had force used on them during one month across the establishment, of which none were in Kinetic delivery.
Project Oracle: Kinetic is a Standard 1 validated project with Project Oracle. You can read more at http://project-oracle.com/projects/info/kinetic-youth
The below shows some more historical impact data gained during our delivery since 2010.
- 100% engagement in Kinetic generic service
- High number of qualifications and accreditations gained through AQA, DofE, food hygiene and more
- Significant long term engagement from young people previously disengaged
- 26% reoffending rate from those who worked with Kinetic post release (compared to 75% national average)
- Reduction of numbers of incidents on association from a few every week to three in over three years during Kinetic youth club
- 15% increase in engagement in formal eduction for education refusers post Kinetic interventions
- 26% engagement in employment post Kinetic interventions (older young men)
Kinetic scoop NYA’s Youth Work Award
Kinetic is proud to announce their Youth Work Award win at the 2017 CYP Now Awards for the HMYOI Werrington project.
Read about the award on the National Youth Agency news release.
CYP Now Awards 2017 Finalists
Kinetic’s project at HMYOI Werrington was shortlisted at the 2017 CYP Now Awards, twice!
Shortlisted for the Youth Justice Award and the Youth Work Award, the ceremony was held November 22nd 2017.
CYP Now Features Kinetic
Kinetic’s work has been featured in Children and Young People Now on a number of occasions. Some of these articles are linked below.
Kinetic and Asda’s Development Day
After donating funds and workers’ time to the Kinetic Outdoor Allotment Project, Kinetic and Asda workers worked with young people and made an amazing job of developing the project and putting up a greenhouse.
Thank you Asda!
Theme Park Reward for Busy Volunteers
Kinetic involve children and young people in their recruitment and selection processes and, after a busy month of recruiting, rewarded their volunteers with a trip to Alton Towers.
Kinetic also provides access to the following documents in PDF format:
Join the team
Due to a number of additional and expanding contracts, we are recruiting at various sites.
- HM YOI Werrington Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
- HM YOI Wetherby Wetherby, Yorkshire
- HMP & YOI ISIS Thamesmead, East London
- HM YOI Feltham Feltham, West London
- HMP & YOI Rochester Rochester, Kent
- HMP & YOI Elmley The Isle of Sheppey, Kent
We are recruiting for a number of positions across these sites, full and part time.
- Senior Youth Work Coordinator
- Youth Work Coordinator
- Specialist Youth Work Supervisor
- Youth Work Supervisor
- Youth Support Worker
Youth Workers employed for Kinetic Youth need to be passionate about delivering youth work to young people who are incredibly disadvantaged. Individuals need to be highly motivated, able to deliver to instruction and on their own initiative, and have the ability to deliver in a challenging environment.
Responsibilities include delivering, developing and managing (dependent on job role) youth work programmes and projects as part of the Kinetic Youth Work Service.
Salaries are rated to qualifications and experience, and range from £17,828—£35,159 per annum (or pro rata for part-time hours).
Would you like to know more?
If you are interested in becoming a Youth Worker, or you are a Youth Worker interested in working with young people in the secure estate, then send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a recruitment pack.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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