Flat Broke was commissioned by LAW FOR LIFE (previously PLENET) and was launched by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice in November 2010.
The programme results from youth-research commissioned by LAW FOR LIFE which highlighted significant shortfalls in young people's knowledge and skills when managing commonplace legal issues, and ultimately, their readiness and capabilities with respect to their impending independent living.
Links To National Curriculum
Flat Broke will help to equip young people with an awareness of the rights and responsibilities associated with day to day life, as well as empowering them with a toolkit (to include interpersonal and communication skills) of measures to enable them to survive and thrive as an independent adult.
The programme seeks to support the KS 3 & 4 PHSE and Citizenship Curriculum by addressing aspect of: Financial Capability, Law & Justice and Identity and Society.
By tackling the urgent problems of housing and homelessness, Flat Broke seeks to demonstrate the importance of effective financial management and the impact of legislation on everyday living.
Mainstream Education: Students from 14+ - to aid the transition into more independent living as they enter higher or further education, or employment.
Vulnerable Young People: Those for whom the challenges of independent living may be greater, to include those within the Referral System (or Short-Stay Schooling); those with particular educational needs; those within the Criminal and Youth Justice Systems; the unemployed.
Further Education and Beyond: Those attending FE Colleges, Universities etc.; plus those who are undertaking employer-based vocational training, and those recently entering the work-place.
- To promote critical thinking about the role of the justice system and the extent to which it reflects young people's concerns.
The programme comprises a short performance, designed to provoke and activate participants by showing them a scenario where likeable and identifiable characters make decisions and undertake behaviour that ultimately leads to a course of events that 'go wrong'.
An extensive interactive de-brief session uses elements of facilitated discussion and 'hot seat' and role play forums to encourage participants to analyse, discuss and reflect on what they have just seen. By sharing information, ideas and opinions, participants are encouraged to explore the issues at hand, seek to problem solve and to discover for themselves solutions to the issues and dilemmas just presented to them. The programme is a highly effective experiential, self-discovery learning tool.
An accompanying resource detailing key sources of reliable advice, information and support, along with structured work plans to support the issues raised within Flat Broke will soon be available.