Tuesday, 27 October 2009


I've spent the last seven Mondays in a young offenders' institution piloting the a behaviour change programme called 'Silence the Violence' brought in from South Africa. It was an emotional journey for all of us.

At the awards ceremony the boys told the deputy governor and other staff what they had learned. One of them summarised it like this:

A male is someone who can make a baby.
A man is someone who brings that baby up.

From boys who had been badly let down by their fathers this was pure gold.