It’s not about the offending!

A new approach to youth justice...

This week the Youth Justice Board published it’s annual stats report.

There’s good news again – fewer kids in prison, and fewer in the system generally.

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But we still have a re-offending rate of 37.9% – pretty much the same as last year (and still a good bit higher than it was 10 years ago!)

Here’s how we might fix it…

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The State of Youth Custody…

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Image courtesy of ©NAYJ (adapted)

The National Association for Youth Justice have published this important briefing by Dr Tim Bateman.

It’s a great summary of the current state of affairs & suggests a radical solution…

Download it here or click the image above.  Enjoy!

Adverse Childhood Experiences & Mental Health – New Report…

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Image courtesy of ©Young Minds

This week, Young Minds has published it’s latest report: Beyond Adversity – Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young People Who Face Complexity & Adversity in Their Lives.

Download it free here.

(Psst! Contains loads of brilliant web links to other information!  ;0)

Barnardo’s Publishes its Inquiry into HSB…

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Image courtesy of ©Barnardo’s

Today, Barnardo’s has published it’s parliamentary inquiry into harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people.

Download it for free here.

 

Children’s Residential Care – New Research…

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Image courtesy of ©Cardiff University

Cascade has published new research on children’s residential care in Wales.  Title:

RESIDENTIAL CARE IN WALES: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE PLACED IN RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS

Download the full report here.

Youth Justice Review – Interim Report published…

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Image courtesy of ©MoJ

The Ministry of Justice has published its interim report of the youth justice review.

Charlie Taylor’s full report is due in June.

Download the Interim Report – here

The Government’s Vision for Children’s Social Care Reform

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Image courtesy of ©DofE

This month the government has published it’s vision for reforming children’s social care services.

The document sets out the goals for the rest of the parliament – what will be achieved by 2020.

My quick summary of the main points on first reading:

  • – attract quality people to the profession
  • – reform of qualification for Social Work & training
  • – reform Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards – “need to find a better way
  • – using data to drive innovation & accountability
  • – clear but arms length regulatory framework
  • – more collaboration across authority areas (e.g. use of “not for profits”)
  • – better support for Social Workers – “innovate as to how these people are supported

To read the full report (it’s only 9 pages) click here…

Enjoy!  :0)

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Why punishment doesn’t work…

And what we should do instead...

It’s all about behaviour, right?

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/gordond (adapted)

Think about it, most of us spend our time dealing with the things troubled children and young people do.

I want to unpick this a little, because I think we might be barking up the wrong tree…

So how should we understand the things kids do?

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How to promote good mental health…

...in Looked After Children...

Life can be tough. Particularly for kids in the care system.

The very fact of being in care means life has already been very tough!

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Image courtesy ©123rf/Jacqueline Moore (adapted)

Aside of meeting children’s physical needs for a place to live, there are the huge needs that spring from family separation and a poor start in life. So…

How do we promote good mental health for Looked After kids?…

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