A youth’s case plan is far more than conditions by which the youth is managed, or behavior is monitored. It is a plan for identity change that provides for transitioning into a positive adulthood.
We can combine risk management with growth facilitation. The RNR model is based on a risk management approach that has three principles:
Integrating risk management with growth facilitation, behavior management with identity change, happens at the level of the Probation Officers day-to-day work across phases of the GFCM framework.
Extra paperwork and computer work are not involved. Rather, what’s involved is extra thought. It is about doing RNR work in a manner that also facilitates growth. This means using RNR information to inform Interaction with the youth; and Case plan development.
A benefit of this integration is that it keeps genuine engagement with the youth in focus amid what can sometimes be time-consuming and distracting tasks of RNR work.