“The reformative steps to take in correcting a violent child” Part II- Gbenga Gbarada

Dr Gbenga Gbarada

Welcome to the second part of the article on the reformative steps to take in correcting a violent child. In the first part, we have established that mentoring a troubled child would be very helpful, click here to read the first article.

Other interventions that would help in the correcting a violent child includes-

  1. Counseling Program Opportunities

This includes but not limited to the followings;

  • Literacy Education – Program

Research has found that ex-offenders who are employed post-release are less likely to recidivate. Increasing educational attainment holds the promise of increasing employment opportunities at sustainable wages and ending a repetitive cycle of involvement in criminality.

  • Vocational Education – Program provides vocational programs ranging from Auto Body to Welding throughout. Examples of suggested vocational programs meant to reconstruct a violent child are listed below.
  • Business Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Building Trades
  • Culinary Arts


Apprenticeship program continues to show strong growth both in number of apprentices and apprentice graduates. Registered Apprenticeship programs meet the skilled workforce needs of Nation’s businesses by training qualified individuals for lifelong careers. Skills such as traditional construction and manufacturing, as well as new emerging industries like information technology, energy, telecommunications and more should be learned. Apprenticeship provides a structure whereby one can obtain work habits and skills that will be attractive to potential employers, and open the door to meaningful occupations and long-term success. Rehabilitative programs are more effective when they are fit for context, enjoy a supportive environment, and are undertaken alongside proactive operational oversight.


  1. Vocational training and General Education

The vocational training program combines the key ingredients of learning a marketable skill, acquiring tools to job search successfully. The trainees are able to choose from a number of different programs such as hairdressing, food preparation, clothing design, computer and electrical maintenance, and videography to name a few. The vocational training should deliver on job searching, resume writing, interview skills as well as experience sharing opportunities with previous graduates.

The main goal of this program is to identify motivated but disengaged, economically disadvantaged youth and get them trained in a marketable skill so they can join the formal workforce and gain financial independence. For many impoverished youth economic independence is a distant dream. They are without the exam results required to pursue their education in the national universities and the money to pay for quality vocational training the options for gainful employment in the formal sector are almost non-existent. Miserably this means many youth are forced to earn money through crime or lose hope completely and turn to alcohol and violence. But with a small vocational investment these motivated young men and women can learn a good skill, get a job and become contributing members of society. And even more incredible, many of them go on to support family members with the salary and wages they now earn.


  1. Community and Family Engagement.

Family engagement is defined as “a mutual partnership between parents and programs that reveals a shared responsibility to foster young children’s development and learning.” Family and community engagement involves parents (largely defined to refer to a child’s or youth’s primary caregiver) and youth-service providers, school staff, and community members working together to actively support and improve the academic achievement, social and behavioral development, and health of children, adolescents, and young adults. This relationship continues from birth to young adulthood and strengthens the health and academic success of youth across a countless of settings, such as home, school, and afterschool programs and within the community. In other words, family and community engagement is an indispensable component of improving outcomes for children and youth. Engagement extends beyond simple involvement by “motivating and empowering families to identify their own needs, strengths, and resources and to take an active role in working toward change.”

The family and community engagement process develops over time and involves several key determining factors:

  • Parents must play an indispensible  and active role in their children’s development and education and have a positive sense of self-efficacy for helping their children succeed
  • The belief of parents that youth-serving personnel value, expect, and invite them to be engaged; and
  • The socioeconomic situation, knowledge, skills, and time support engagement of parents.

There is no child that must be abandoned, all that is needed is the right technique to ensure that he is reformed to benefit the society, at large. The habit of writing off people needs to be stopped and we would collectively raise violence-free children.

About our Guest:

Dr Olugbenga Gbarada, ChMc, ACiarb, a Don of Peace and Conflict Resolution; the Chief Executive Officer of Dispute Resolution Academy (DRA) and the Executive Director, Initiative for Peacebuilding and Social Change (IPSC).

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