Library – Youth Justice

Child Centred Policing – National Strategy for the Policing of Children & Young People

Added: 09/11/2018 at 2:30 pm Category: Safeguarding, Youth Justice

In this strategy we have set out our key principles which we believe are important when policing children and young people. In order to provide focus, we have aligned the strategy with the four priority areas identified within the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Report “Its all about trust; building good relationships between children and the police.”

Children and Young Persons Act 2008

Added: 23/08/2018 at 1:17 pm Category: Safeguarding, Youth Justice

An Act to make provision about the delivery of local authority social work services for children and young persons; to amend Parts 2 and 3 of the Children Act 1989; to make further provision about the functions of local authorities and others in relation to children and young persons; to make provision about the enforcement of care standards in relation to certain establishments or agencies connected with children; to make provision about the independent review of determinations relating to adoption; and for connected purposes

Children in Custody 2018–19

Added: 17/02/2020 at 7:54 am Category: Youth Justice

M 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.

Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children in Detention in England

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:25 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Youth Justice

This report explores findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children in detention, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. This report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

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

Added: 26/05/2020 at 9:17 am Category: Youth Justice

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.

Ensuring custody is a last resort for children

Added: 18/06/2020 at 9:06 am Category: 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

Howard League Toolkit for sentencing children

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:43 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

Following workshops with 80 children who have been through the criminal courts, the Howard League for Penal Reform have published a toolkit for adults working with or supporting children through the sentencing process.

Learning the Lessons: Improving policing policy and practice

Added: 23/01/2020 at 11:29 am Category: CCP, 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.

National Child Centred Policing Action Plan

Added: 30/05/2018 at 8:56 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education, Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding, Youth Justice

National protocol on reducing criminalisation of looked-after children

Added: 17/12/2018 at 9:17 am Category: Youth Justice

A framework to help social care and criminal justice agencies keep looked-after children out of the criminal justice system.

Our Generation’s Epidemic: Knife Crime

Added: 17/02/2020 at 7:47 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

Knife crime affects people of all ages and backgrounds across the country, and all too often both perpetrator and victim are young people. However, throughout our inquiry we heard evidence that a young person’s risk of getting involved in knife crime is dramatically different between different groups of young people. Young people who for example experience mental health issues, adverse childhood experiences, have learning difficulties, live in poverty or are excluded from school are more likely to be vulnerable to involvement in knife crime.

Prevention Briefing (YJB)

Added: 01/11/2018 at 1:18 pm Category: Youth Justice

The Prevention briefing from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) looks at what the research evidence tell us about working with young people at risk of offending. This is work carried out with young people on the cusp of offending, or who have committed a low-level offence and been diverted from the formal justice system. Prevention aims to keep young people away from crime and out of the criminal justice system. The briefing includes a series practice examples which explore different ways YOTs are approaching prevention in England and Wales. The examples are based on interviews with YOTs following up a recent survey about prevention activity. A summary of the survey responses is available on the Resource Hub alongside this briefing.

Representing looked-after children at the police station: a step-by-step guide for lawyers

Added: 10/10/2019 at 9:04 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

The guide, jointly published by Just for Kids Law and the Howard League for Penal Reform, aims to reduce the overcriminalisation of children in care. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Youth Justice Legal Centre at Just for Kids Law have worked together to produce the document, which offers guidance on practical steps that lawyers should take to ensure that looked-after children receive the support and assistance they need and are entitled to. Looked-after children, and particularly those living in residential care, are disproportionately criminalised, compared to other children. They are less likely to receive support from family members or another trusted adult at the police station, and they should be entitled to additional protections set out in law, policy and guidance.

Secure settings for young people: a national scoping exercise

Added: 09/10/2018 at 10:17 am Category: Youth Justice

A new NHS England report summarises the findings of the first (scoping) stage of a service evaluation, evaluating the provision of secure services for detained young people, under 18 years of age, from England, between February and September 2016. This involved identifying every secure unit in Great Britain that could detain young people from England and establishing the basic characteristics of each unit, in order to identify similarities and differences between them, prior to further exploration in the later stages of the study.

Voices from the Inside – The experiences of girls in Secure Training Centres

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:20 am Category: Youth Justice

At any given time, the number of young women under the age of 18 held in Secure Training Centres in this country is very small. The numbers are fluid from month to month but over the last few years there have usually been around 20 to 30 girls in the units at any one time. Girls are no longer placed in custody in Young Offender Institutes but in Secure Training Centres, along with some boys up age 17.

Young people’s voices on youth court

Added: 20/05/2020 at 9:36 am Category: Crime/ASB, 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.

Youth custody data report

Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:42 am Category: Youth Justice

Monthly statistics on the population in custody of children and young people within secure children’s homes (SCHs), secure training centres (STCs) and young offender institutions (YOIs). This includes those aged under 18 and 18 year olds. Some 18 year olds remain in the secure estate for children and young people if they only have a short period of their sentence to serve, to avoid disrupting their regimes.

Youth Justice Statistics 2018/19

Added: 03/02/2020 at 1:06 pm Category: Crime/ASB, 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.

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