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.

Children in Custody 2018–19

Added: 12/02/2020 Category: Youth Justice

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, as part of our regular inspection process at secure training centres (STCs) and young offender institutions (YOIs) conducts surveys of the children who are detained in those establishments. These surveys contribute to the evidence upon which we judge the treatment and conditions experienced by those being held in custody. They are particularly valuable, not only in providing data about the perceptions at the time of the inspection, but also in giving indications of trends. This is why we consider it essential that we maintain the tempo of our inspection activity in STCs and YOIs.

Youth Justice Statistics 2018/19

Added: 30/01/2020 Category: Youth Justice

The Youth Justice System (YJS) in England and Wales works to prevent offending and reoffending by children. The YJS is different to the adult system and is structured to address the needs of children. This publication looks at the YJS in England and Wales for the year ending March 2019. It considers the number of children (those aged 10-17) in the system, the offences they committed, the outcomes they received, their demographics and the trends over time.

Strengthening youth diversion

Added: 28/01/2020 Category: Youth Justice

Point-of-arrest youth diversion can reduce crime, keep communities safer, cut costs, and create better outcomes for children.1 Point-of-arrest youth diversion gives young people the chance to avoid both formal processing (either through an out of court disposal or a prosecution in court) and a criminal record, in return for the completion of community-based interventions.

Learning the Lessons: Improving policing policy and practice

Added: 23/01/2020 Category: Professionalism, Youth Justice

Welcome to issue 37 focusing on young people, our first to be guest edited by members of the IOPC youth panel. The youth panel was created in January 2018 to help us gain greater insight into the experiences of young people, helping to inform our work.

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