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.

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.

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.

Punishing Abuse: Children in the West Midlands Criminal Justice System

Added: 12/03/2021 Category: Early Intervention/ACE, Youth Justice

Evidence shows too many young people in the criminal justice system suffer from violence, poverty, and abuse growing up. Commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, the Punishing Abuse report, which has been launched today, is one of the most wide-ranging contemporary studies conducted into children in the criminal justice system in this country. Dr Chard’s ground-breaking research considers the lives of 80 children. The report provides a number of recommendations and proposals that focus on implementing a system-wide change to how public organisations support disadvantaged children who have experienced adversity, abuse, loss and trauma.

Youth Defendants in the Crown Court

Added: 09/03/2021 Category: Law, Youth Justice

In April 2016 the Judicial College published the ‘Youths in the Crown Court Toolkit’ in order to bring together in one place the guidance available to Crown Court judges in relation to defendants under the age of 18. Now and almost 5 years later comes this publication. Not only does it update the materials in the earlier toolkit but it also significantly expands the scope of the earlier toolkit. What previously was dealt with in just over 30 pages now covers over 150 pages. The expanded work brings together in one place everything relating to young defendants that a Crown Court judge needs to know. It is an essential reference tool for any judge who has to deal with a young defendant in the Crown Court.

Maturity in the magistrates’ court: Magistrates, young adults and maturity considerations in decision-making and sentencing

Added: 08/03/2021 Category: Law, Youth Justice

Research has demonstrated that the biological and psychological processes of developing maturity continue into a person’s mid-20s. Countries across Europe are responding to this research by reconsidering how they treat 18-25 year olds in their criminal justice systems. In the United Kingdom, the T2A (Transition to Adulthood) programme has led much of the work.

Ensuring custody is a last resort for children

Added: 11/06/2020 Category: Law, Youth Justice

SCYJ is proud to publish a new report, Ensuring custody is the last resort for children in England and Wales, developed with an expert group of SCYJ members

Ending the detention of unsentenced children during the Covid-19 pandemic – A guide for practitioners

Added: 20/05/2020 Category: Law, Youth Justice, Coronavirus

Custody is a damaging environment for children in normal times but it has become even worse since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Severely restricted prison regimes have led to the majority of children being held in prolonged solitary confinement; no face-to-face visits; virtually no education or therapy; and difficulties in contacting families and professionals making planning for court hearings especially problematic.

Young people’s voices on youth court

Added: 15/05/2020 Category: Youth Justice

This briefing paper highlights the experiences of young people in youth courts in their own words. and draws from research conducted for our forthcoming research report, co-authored with the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR), Time to get it right: Enhancing problem-solving practice in the Youth Court, which is due to be published in early July.