We believe every young person deserves a chance to prove themselves and fulfil their potential – which is why we’re committed to expanding access to the DofE and reaching young people where they are.

As part of this, we’re working with the Ministry of Justice to roll out the DofE in prisons and young offender institutions across England and Wales.

A core principle of the DofE is that it’s open to all young people, offering a chance to broaden their horizons, discover new passions, grow in self-belief, and gain skills like teamwork, problem-solving and leadership.

Young people in prisons are among the most marginalised in society, and have often had limited access to qualifications, opportunities and aspirations. The DofE is a chance for them to change their lives on release – providing focus, motivation, responsibility and practical skills to help them enter employment or education.

We’ve seen young people enrolling into universities and colleges, getting rewarding apprenticeships and jobs, and stepping up as role models for others.

For more information about running the DofE in prisons and young offender institutions, email [email protected]

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