child custody

Fact sheet covering the topic of custody and young people and what alternatives are available.

The link between social breakdown and crime is well established. In the CSJ’s seminal report Breakthrough Britain, five common drivers of poverty and social breakdown were identified – educational failure, family breakdown, addiction, worklessness and economic dependency, and debt.

In February 2010, the CSJ launched a review of the youth justice system to identify how it might be reformed to improve outcomes for young people, victims and society.

Report on a time-critical aspect of the system: the proposed abolition of the Youth Justice Board (YJB). Its inclusion in the Public Bodies Bill is currently the subject of ‘ping pong’ between the two Houses.

Report that describes children and young people’s own perception of imprisonment. The seventh report to be published, it outlines the responses from surveys carried out annually in all young offender institutions holding children and young people aged 15 to 18 years old.

Findings are summarised from 1,052 young men from all nine male establishments and 40 young women from four female establishments.

Evaluation of the pilot Up-2-Us Time for Change Project, which is a gender-specific service targeted at young women aged between 14 and 18 years deemed to be at significantly high risk of admission to secure care or custody.

The research takes a multi-dimensional perspective, by undertaking a set of qualitative interviews with young women attending the project, the professionals or stakeholders working with them as well as the practitioner’s of the Time for Change project itself.

Commissioned by the Youth Justice Board, this thematic review reports on the care of looked after children aged 15 to 18 in young offender institutions. It examines the experience of these children, using survey data and in-depth interviews.

Case supervisors, advocates and representatives from safeguarding teams provide an establishment perspective on how the needs of looked after children are met in custody and in preparation for their release.

Detail of the submission to Lord Carlile of Berriew QC's 2011 public hearing on the use of force on children in custody, with a view to implementing and enforcing a much better children's rights system.

This briefing examines the sanctioned use of force on children in custody and includes evidence from legal statements made by young people and used here with their consent.

The briefing has been produced by the Howard League legal team which represents children and young adults in custody.

The report evaluates the range and effectiveness of the arrangements for education and training for several categories of young people: those identified for their likelihood of offending; young offenders who move into custodial establishments then are transferred between different establishments while in custody; and those who move between custody and the community. The report illustrates good practice and makes recommendations for improvement.