The Youth Justice Blog

It's widely reported that there's been an increase in street violence, particularly in London - with the number of knife and gun crimes rising. While the causes are complex and multifaceted, victims and perpetrators of serious youth violence often lack a relationship with a trusted adult. One way...

In an effort to increase diversity amongst the Judiciary, John Bache - Chairperson of the Magistrates' Association - has called for more ex-offenders to become magistrates. People who have previously been an ‘offender', can potentially help defendants to feel less alienated, understand what is happening...

Stephen Manderson (AKA Professor Green), who is patron of the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and scooped the MIND ‘Making a Difference' National Award in 2016, has made several thoughtful, empathetic, and relevant documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 on important topics such as mental...

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) children are among the most discriminated against groups in society, most at risk of prejudice and abuse. They are too frequently mistreated and feared, demonised and vilified by sections of society and the print media. As noted by The Children's Society - who have worked...

As part of the Greater Manchester Court plan, legal experts from the University of Salford have devised a new virtual reality court experience designed to help demystify the family court process. The project, supported by government and the judiciary, has been described as pioneering - claimed to...

Joint enterprise is a controversial common law doctrine. It was claimed - in a recent debate secured by the Labour MP Lucy Powell - joint enterprise has ‘produced one of the biggest and most widespread miscarriages of justice ever to face our justice system'. Many MPs backed calls for a review. Put...

Prevention is better than court is Cheshire Youth Justice Services' strapline for Divert - a programme targeted at children aged 10-17, arrested for less serious offences. The purpose is to ensure children get a fast assessment and receive an appropriate intervention. It has a role in early identification...

The HMI probation report on the work of youth offending teams to protect the public highlighted the importance of trauma-informed approaches with those subject to court orders in the youth justice system. The report found that children tended to have experienced distressing or disturbing events. Crucially,...

Although not all traumatised individuals offend, it does seem to be a feature of anti-social behaviour and serious offences. A disproportionate number of children who offend and enter the justice system present with complex, often unmet health and social care needs, and have experienced adverse childhood...

A report jointly produced by Chief Inspectors of Probation and Prisons slammed the probation reforms, specifically the 'through the gate' services. As a matter of urgency, properly resourced Youth Offending Teams must now hold onto young people, who would normally transition to the adult system at 18,...