Research and Insight
In the beginning, our team started researching Oasis, to better understand who they are and what their past projects are like.
Everyone in the group then divided the research work by looking into the current youth justice system in the UK and other justice systems, worldwide, to compare the weakness and strengths. While doing the research we were made aware of the cultural contexts that guide and support the youth justice systems around the world. Moreover, we also researched staff management in the UK and conducted a literature review to learn more about the Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom.
We collated information from our desk research and constructed unique questions for our different interview sessions with experts working at Oasis, including, Andrew Willetts (Principal Director).
Dr. Celia Sadie (Director of Care & Wellbeing), Cara Beckett (Director of Learning & Enrichment). In addition to, Karl an (ex- prisoner and artist), and Joseph Sue, a School (Counsellor specifically for social,
emotional, and mental health needs). ert.
The structure of the space is oriented by the idea of trust. The following expectations are set for the children. They will go from one class to another by themselves; they will behave in the room without any lock; and they will get enough freedom to move around the open space by themselves.
The design of the space is focused on making the place feel comfortable, inviting, and trauma-responsive. They have undetermined rooms that allow for flexibility and give them room to adapt. One interesting touchpoint that the Oasis team mentioned was that a lot of incidents of aggression and violence happen on stairwells, so they wanted to design them in a way to reduce such incidents.