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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do we mean when we talk about ‘sport’?

We use the definition offered by the Council of Europe’s European Sports Charter (and also taken up by Sport England), which states that ‘Sport means all forms of physical activity which, through casual and organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competitions at all levels’.

2. Why sport?

We know through lived experience that sport, if used appropriately, can offer an alternative means of excitement and risk taking to that gained through engaging in offending behaviour. Another advantage sport offers is the access it gives to an alternative social network and wide range of positive social role models.

3. What is desistance?

Desistance requires a ‘Whole System Approach’,“Desistance is about more than criminal justice. Desistance requires engagement with families, communities, civil society and the state itself. All of these parties must be involved if rehabilitation in all of its forms (judicial, social, psychological and moral) is to be possible”. Find out more about desistance and its meaning: Iriss Insights No 15.


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