I wanted to be heard: Young women in the criminal justice system at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation

Added: 23/09/2021 Category: Professionalism, Safeguarding, Youth Justice

This briefing paper is about young women aged 17–25 in contact with the criminal justice system and their experiences of violence, abuse and exploitation which are often overlooked. In particular, it highlights the experiences of Black and minoritised young woman and young women with experience of the care system as both groups are over- represented in the criminal justice system.

What’s wrong with remanding children to prison?: Remand briefing one: Emerging themes

Added: 23/09/2021 Category: Youth Justice

Remanding a child to custody disrupts their life, their plans for the future and their relationships with friends and family. Penal institutions are always harmful and (re)traumatising for children (Gooch, 2016; Peterson-Young, 2021). Children’s experiences in custody became far worse during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Youth Justice Board Annual Report and Accounts, 2020 to 2021

Added: 16/09/2021 Category: Law, Youth Justice

During 2020/21 we continued to champion the evidence-informed Child First guiding principle which sees children as children first. This was a key priority for us in the past year and will be into 2021/22 and beyond. To make further long-term progress, system changes are needed to achieve a Child First system and help children to reach their potential. This not only benefits children, but all of society. We recognise this will take time and in our new strategic plan for 2021-24 we have set out Child First as a guiding principle for us and the sector. It underpins our strategic pillars and is at the heart of all we do. It also informs our decision-making and engagement at all levels.

Creating developmentally appropriate responses to young adults at risk of, or involved in, offending

Added: 28/07/2021 Category: Law, Politics, Professionalism, Youth Justice

The Transition to Adulthood Alliance run by the Barrow Cadbury Trust has funded a collection of projects to build the evidence base on effective engagement with young adults at risk of, or involved in, offending. The Alliance has worked in partnership with the Revolving Doors Agency, the Centre for Justice Innovation, the Police Foundation and the Criminal Justice Alliance to examine policing practice and identify evidence-based and emerging approaches being delivered by the police and/or funded by Police and Crime Commissioners.

Beating Crime Plan

Added: 27/07/2021 Category: Violence, Youth Justice

The Beating Crime Plan sets out our strategic approach to cutting crime: cutting homicide, serious violence and neighbourhood crime; exposing and ending hidden harms; and building capability and capacity to deal with fraud and online crime.

The Youth Justice System’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Literature Review

Added: 21/07/2021 Category: Youth Justice, Coronavirus

The report considers the impacts of the pandemic across each stage of the youth justice system, and brings together available evidence from three main areas: children in the community, children in court, and children in custody. While the impacts of the pandemic continue to emerge, the scope of this review is primarily focused on documenting the developments in the first year of the pandemic. The review aims to document this exceptional period for youth justice, exploring the policy and practice responses, and the available evidence about the impacts on children.

Looked after children: out of area, unregulated and unregistered accommodation (England)

Added: 21/07/2021 Category: Looked after children, Politics

This briefing provides information on two separate but related topics concerning looked after children in England:
• Sections two and three cover out of area placements
• Sections four to six cover unregulated and unregistered accommodation.

Evidence review: diverting young adults away from the cycle of crisis and crime

Added: 14/07/2021 Category: Law, Professionalism, Youth Justice

Too many young people come into criminal justice system because of multiple unmet needs. Diverting them into support and treatment can help them to grow out of a cycle of crisis and crime and realise their full potential. The right support can reduce crime in local areas and prevent future victims of gangs and exploitation.

Safeguarding and radicalisation: learning from children’s social care Research report

Added: 30/06/2021 Category: Politics, Prevent

This report presents findings from exploratory research commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) in order to update their understanding of how radicalisation is being addressed in children’s social care. The research took place between September 2020 and March 2021. It draws together and builds on learning across the children’s social care sector and key partners in relation to managing cases of radicalisation and extremism.

Criminal Practice Directions

Added: 25/06/2021 Category: Law, Professionalism, Youth Justice

This legal guide is intended to assist lawyers representing children in the criminal courts and explains how the Criminal Practice Directions1 can support in this context. The Criminal Practice Directions supplement the Criminal Procedure Rules by guiding judicial discretion, detailing a range of adjustments that should be considered in all criminal cases that involve children. Throughout this guide, we refer to both the Rules, the CrimPR, and the Practice Directions, the CrimPD.