News 2021: 10 items (Youth Justice)

News 2021: 10 items (Youth Justice)

08/06/2022: Disadvantaged children under YOTs ‘least likely’ to access employment schemes

The most disadvantaged young people involved with youth offending services, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), are least likely to be supported through education and employment, new research has found.

Read: Children and Young People Now

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31/05/2022: Young People’s Views On The Care And Justice Systems

new (30 May 2022) report by Leaders Unlocked and the Young Justice Advisors, a team of young adults aged 18-30 with lived experience of the criminal justice and care systems, explores a number of key themes with the purpose of advocating for change.

Read: Russell Webster

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23/05/2022: Is the door closing on children’s jails? Axing young offender institutions is part of radical demands in major review of ‘dysfunctional’ care system as annual costs spiral towards £15bn

Young offender institutions should be scrapped as part of a radical reset of England’s ‘dysfunctional’ care system, says a major report published today. The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care said that without radical reform, the cost of children going into care will spiral to £15billion a year.

Read: Daily Mail

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20/05/2022: Sector leaders attend first national youth work and racial justice conference

The conference highlighted successful work carried out by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and Equal Equity over the last two years. Equal Equity works to increase the proportion of black youth workers and youth workers of colour in leadership, management and policy roles.

Read: Children and Young People Now

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19/05/2022: ‘I got fed up with my students ending up in prison or dead’: the teacher fighting to end school exclusions

Appalled by the damage of zero-tolerance behaviour policies that see ever more pupils thrown out of class, and often education, Zahra Bei founded a campaign focusing on racial justice.

Read: Guardian

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13/05/2022: Six steps forward for diversion in the youth justice system

The Centre for Justice Innovation published their briefing ‘Strengthening Youth Diversion’ in 2020. Since then, there have been some important positive changes which suggest that the use of diversion in the youth justice system will continue to increase and improve.

Read: Youth Justice Legal Centre

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12/05/2022: ‘Being homeless felt inevitable’: after years in care, I was living in a tent. Who was to blame?

I survived care, criminality and homelessness to become an award-winning journalist – but the system I endured makes such success stories vanishingly rare

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09/05/2022: ‘Social workers judged me without knowing me’: tackling the criminalisation of care-experienced girls

Care-experienced women are stubbornly overrepresented in the justice system. Tackling this involves social workers challengeing negative stereotypes of young people and improving support, finds research.

Read: Community Care

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09/05/2022: Disrupting The Routes Between Care And Custody For Girls And Women

Girls and women who have been through the care system should be diverted away from custodial sentences into community alternatives wherever possible, says a new (4 May 2022) Nuffield Foundation report. ‘Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody for Girls and Women’ is authored by Dr Claire Fitzpatrick and Dr Katie Hunter, from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University, Dr Julie Shaw, of Liverpool John Moores University, and Dr Jo Staines, of the University of Bristol.

Read: Russell Webster

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06/05/2022: The Harmful Impact Of Remanding Children To Prison

A new (5 May 2022) publication from the Howard League for Penal Reform shed light on the harmful impact of remanding children to custody. “Voices and lessons” is the second briefing to be published as part of a Howard League project aimed at understanding and helping children on remand with their unmet legal support needs, it focuses on the experiences, voices and lessons to be learned from five teenagers in prison.

Read: Russell Webster

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05/05/2022: Howard League calls for ban on welfare orders for children on remand

The Howard League for Penal Reform has called for a ban on the use of custodial remand for children’s welfare. “Prisons are not equipped to provide children with the support required,” according to latest research by the organisation.

Read: Children and Young People Now

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04/05/2022: Police force launches trauma-informed care for children in custody

Northamptonshire Police has overhauled how it deals with children in custody by focusing on helping them to tackle trauma in their lives. The trauma-informed custody programme aims to better support children who have been arrested by focusing on understanding the impact of trauma, neglect or abuse.

Read: Children and Young People Now

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04/05/2022: YJLC Legal Guide on Court Bail and Remand

The Youth Justice Legal Centre and the Children’s Rights Group at Doughty Street Chambers have published a legal guide on Court Bail and Remand. The guide provides an overview of the law on bail and remand for children in court and examines the corresponding duties of the local authority. The guide gives practical tips on what can be done by practitioners to prevent the pre-conviction detention of child clients.

Read: Youth Justice Legal Centre

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03/05/2022: Systemic Resilience In Youth Justice

Systemic resilience focuses on strengthening the protective factors around the child including within their family, their community, and local services.

Read: Russell Webster

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29/04/2022: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Youth Courts

The fifth research paper in the series, this project seeks to understand the impact that the pandemic has had on the Youth Courts. The paper is delivered by the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, together with the Alliance for Youth Justice and explores both the short and long-term challenges children in the Youth Courts face in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Read: Youth Justice Legal Centre

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