Welcome to Kinetic

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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.


Our Mission

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.

  • Testimonial

    Emily Thomas, Governor, HMYOI Cookham Wood.

  • Testimonial

    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.

Our Vision

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:

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.

Gess Aird

Gess Aird Director, Business Management

With over twenty years of youth work experience, specialising in youth participation and strategic management of youth services, Gess has an array of skills and knowledge to lead Kinetic into the future delivering youth work in the youth justice arena.

Esther Horner

Esther Horner Director, Policy and Performance

For over 16 years Esther has specialised in youth participation, accreditation, working with looked after young people and young offenders, and has progressed her career from front line delivery into operational and strategic management. Esther also sits as an elected representative on the Institute for Youth Work and is passionate to ensure youth work is at the forefront of national and local agendas.

Toni Brettell

Toni Brettell Operations Manager, Service Improvement

Toni has a wealth of experience of youth work and youth participation from youth and children’s services and also, for many years, has worked with young people through youth offending teams to support their engagement back into society.

HMYOI Werrington

Daniel Rochester

Daniel Rochester Senior Youth Work Coordinator, Equality and Diversity Lead

Dan joined Kinetic from a background of professional football and youth work; using these skills he has worked with many groups of young men to support their rehabilitation from offending, and in the delivery of many community projects.

Nicholas Crossfield

Nicholas Crossfield Senior Youth Work Coordinator

Nick is a qualified Youth Worker with a BA Honors degree in Youth Work, and brings to a wealth of knowledge to Kinetic gained through previous roles with National Probation and Youth Offending Teams. He has over 12 years experience including mentoring, football coaching and managing projects for Young People with disabilities, and has previously worked with disaffectected young people across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

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

HMYOI Wetherby

Alyas Khan

Alyas Khan Senior Youth Work Coordinator

Alyas is a highly experienced youth worker with many years experience across numerous youth work areas, including delivering workshops to young people to understand the effects of weapons and drugs and alcohol on them and the community they live in, developing the skills of other organisations and young people in positive engagement and management of behaviour and anger.

Mohammed Rahman

Mohammed Rahman Specialist Youth Work Supervisor

As a qualified youth worker, Jid brings with him his fresh approach to supporting and engaging young people. He has worked in a variety of youth work areas and is able to bring this experience to his understanding of the barriers experienced by the young people we support.

Raphael Primus Specialist Youth Work Supervisor
Alex Hall Youth Support Worker

HMYOI Cookham Wood

Joanne Raff Youth Work Supervisor
Lisa Arnold Youth Support Worker

HMYOI Feltham

Neil Levy

Neil Levy Senior Youth Work Coordinator

Neil has over twenty years experience working and supporting young people. He begain as a volunteer in his local youth club before moving on to a number of different settings, including 1:1, group work, building based, residential and outreach. Through this range of experience, Neil has delivered a number of different projects including young carers, young homeless, sports and health, local community projects, and many more.

Sophie Charles

Sophie Charles Senior Youth Work Coordinator

Sophie has worked in prisons and with young offenders for over 7 years, and has a Master⁏s Degree in Youth Justice. She has also worked on youth projects in the community, particularly around participation and helping young people to get their voices heard within the legal system. She has experience and a keen interest in supporting those with learning and behavioural difficulties.

Leanne Audain Youth Work Supervisor
Rochelle Duke-Pottinger Youth Support Worker
Sahira Khan Youth Support Worker

HMP YOI ISIS, HMP YOI Rochester & HMP YOI Elmley

Ruth Thomas

Ruth Thomas Senior Youth Work Coordinator, Adult Estate Lead

Ruth joined Kinetic as a qualified Youth and Community worker with over 18 years of experience. Ruth has been working alongside young people within the criminal justice system for over 18 years in a variety of settings. Ruth is passionate about helping young people to identify and change unwanted negative behaviours to help them become pro-active positive members within their communities.

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.

Our Projects

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.


Kinetic deliver 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.

Previous Projects

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.

The below shows some more historical impact data gained during our delivery since 2010.


Kinetic Impact Triangulation Diagram

Kinetic Impact Ladder


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.

We are recruiting for a number of positions across these sites, full and part time.

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 recruitment@kineticyouth.co.uk and we’ll send you a recruitment pack.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We’d like to hear from you. Drop us a line by phone or email, and visit our social media pages to stay up-to-date with our latest work.

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