Writing Wrongs for Schools

Writing Wrongs is a practical tool, with detailed session plans and resource sheets to support effective delivery of the programme. The CD-ROM provides the facility to deliver the programme electronically.

Player Profile • Team Talk • Team Sheet • Match • Match Report

The Writing Wrongs framework is used with the facilitator and young person working one-to-one, or with groups, encouraging young people to address the motives for wrongdoing and to gauge the full impact on the wronged person/people and the wider community. Where appropriate, the Writing Wrongs programme can lead to the wrongdoer/s writing a meaningful and sincere letter of apology, a Restorative Plan and/or a Restorative Contract.

Writing Wrongs also consists of a number of resources that support the main framework; these resources can be used to support young people - to reflect on themselves and their actions, the events leading up to an incident, and the consequences.

This is an interactive programme which utilises visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles (VAK). We offer an excellent training package to support the delivery of Writing Wrongs.

Writing Wrongs:
The Programme for Young People/People who have Offended

  • PLAYER PROFILE: The young people learn about themselves and their preferred learning style/s.
  • TEAM TALK: The young people discuss and then record the events leading up to the incident (real, or case study). A restorative approach to conflict or wrongdoing is applied in this session, using/adapting the key questions provided on the Team Talk resource sheet. 1-1 sessions should use the young person's own issues; group work is based around one of our case studies or a relevant newspaper report.
  • TEAM SHEET: A series of cards are dealt with the names of people who might have been directly or indirectly affected by the incident, and the names are recorded on a Team Sheet.
  • MATCH: The young people are given a sheet illustrated as a football pitch (there are five other scenario sheets to choose from on the CD ROM). The names of those affected through the wrongdoer are written on one side of the pitch. Those most affected are placed near to the centre circle; those least affected are placed further out. This is repeated on the other side and the process is done from the victim's perspective.
  • MATCH REPORT: Following the previous four stages the young people are now able to gauge the true impact that behaviour and choices have had on the wronged person/people and on the wider community.
    The young people can now, if appropriate, begin to write a sincere letter of explanation, a Restorative Plan and/or a Restorative Contract.
The following feedback forms are available to download here to support youth justice organisations and schools to evaluate the impact of Writing Wrongs programmes. Please send through the results of your evaluation to our e-mail address, so that we are able to continue to monitor the impact of Writing Wrongs:

  1. Writing Wrongs feedback form for facilitators/teachers
  2. Writing Wrongs feedback form for young people
  3. Writing Wrongs feedback form for students