Youth Justice In Depth
Responses to the youth custody green paper indicate broad support for the government’s aim to create a more therapeutic secure estate, but with notes of caution on efforts to raise the educational attainment of offenders.
A recent case has ruled that 17-year-olds be treated as children when arrested and held in police custody, says Kirsten Anderson, legal research and policy manager at Coram Children’s Legal Centre.
In her first interview as police lead for children and young people, Jacqui Cheer outlines her new youth strategy.
Proposals to introduce secure colleges are unlikely to achieve the government’s aim of rehabilitating offenders, says Kirsten Anderson, legal research and policy manager at Coram Children’s Legal Centre
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Low-level young offenders are diverted from the criminal justice system by taking part in community payback schemes, reparation projects and other restorative programmes
Southwark's multi-agency team has a radical impact in reducing gun and knife crime among young people
An intervention project has played a central role in reducing the number of offences committed by young people in 2010/11 by 32 per cent
The UR Boss initiative works to make sure young offenders have access to information on their legal rights and entitlements
The CitySafe Havens initiative has reduced violent crime in the city by 29.6 per cent
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Seventeen-year-old Paris Brown quit as the country’s first youth crime commissioner in Kent just days after her appointment for posting offensive tweets in her younger days. Her posts were stupid and naïve at the very least, but how many people’s adolescence, past and...
The Children and Families Bill, which began its second reading in parliament last week, focuses in large part on the most vulnerable children in society.
The government’s desire to put education at the centre of youth custody and tackle the stubbornly high reoffending rates – still in excess of 70 per cent – is, on the face of it, welcome.