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Improve job opportunities to turn around young offenders

By Howard Williamson |

13 September 2016

I have spent a lot of time in approved schools, remand homes, assessment centres, young offender institutions and prisons.

Rarely has the effect of a change in policy and practice been so evident as that seen in the youth justice system over recent years.

No quick fixes in turning around children's services

By Derren Hayes |

05 January 2016

Management standards, specifically how to deal with inadequate leadership, were very much in the news at the end of December.

My Life: Caitlin Morris, 18, Rochdale

By Caitlin Morris |

05 January 2016

I came to Rathbone Training in September 2015 after trying a course at another local college that wasn't right for me.

Every year, two events are guaranteed to re-energise my diminishing bank of optimism - the judging for the CYP Now Awards, and the awards ceremony itself.

Tackling radicalisation must not deter radical thinking

By Paul Ennals |

28 September 2015

At election time, I wrote about the lack of inspiration, radicalisation or excitement among young people in Britain. Well, at least that is changing. Whatever you might feel about Jeremy Corbyn, you can't deny that there is a different mood about today. Social media is lively and bubbling about politics, and young people are in the middle of real debates about real issues. It feels like Scotland did last year.

The Scottish government has announced that all non-statutory - or "consensual" - stop and search by police officers in Scotland is to end, which I strongly welcome. Non-statutory searches, as the name suggests, have no basis in Scots law. They rely on people voluntarily consenting to a search by a police officer. There is no requirement for an officer to have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, nor for the officer to justify the reason for carrying out the search. These searches infringe children's and young people's rights. The inherent power imbalance between a police officer and a child or young person makes it unlikely that the tactic could ever truly be called "consensual".

Extending youth justice beyond age 18 is a no-brainer

By Howard Williamson |

17 February 2015

The number of young people in the youth justice system has fallen dramatically. When I departed the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in 2008, the numbers in youth custody had just peaked at over 3,000. Today, they have dropped to below 1,000, with corresponding closures of young offender institutions, secure training centres and local authority secure children's homes.

Help prisoners' children to stem future offending

By Derren Hayes |

09 December 2014

The government's latest idea for separating young adult offenders from the bulk of the prison population was unveiled last week.

 

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