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What does it take to mentor young offenders?

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What does it take to mentor young offenders? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
What are the peaks and challenges that face mentors guiding young offenders? Explore in our videos with volunteers from Enterprise Mentors. 

Old School With The Hairy Bikers

Old School With The Hairy Bikers Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Updated 18 Apr 2016
Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society, can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

World Social Work Day

World Social Work Day Copyrighted image Copyright: ISFW
Introductory level Updated 14 Mar 2016
March 15th is World Social Work Day. Explore social work in more detail with our range of free resources including interactives and free courses....

Do children exercise less in winter?

Do children exercise less in winter? Creative commons image Scorpions & Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
New research suggests that when the weather gets colder, and days shorter, children exercise less.

Free course: Childhood in the digital age

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Free course: Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Image | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
Try our free course, Childhood in the Digital Age, to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and take it further by exploring learning,...

Why do transgender students need safe bathrooms?

Why do transgender students need safe bathrooms? Creative commons image James Green under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Nov 2015
Which bathroom transgender people use has become a flashpoint in a lot of educational institutions - and other public spaces are likely to follow....

Why are young men worldwide experiencing mental health crises?

Why are young men worldwide experiencing mental health crises? Copyright free image Copyright free: Unsplash
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 19 Oct 2015
Everywhere around the world, the suicide rates amongst men outstrips that of women. The writer Will Storr hears some stories - and asks why.

Budget 2015: The Experts Respond

Budget 2015: The Experts Respond Creative commons image markhillary under CC-BY under Creative-Commons license
Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A range of reactions to George Osborne's Summer 2015 budget, ranging from the impact on adoption, through defence, to questions of work, tax and...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 May 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 2016
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth...

BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

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BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 May 2016
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...

Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 May 2016
If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People will enhance your skills and...

BA (Honours) Youth Work

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BA (Honours) Youth Work Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. This degree will help you develop...