To breach or not to breach?

To breach or not to breach?

A young person isn’t doing what their court order requires. So do we breach them or not? This is a question I get asked quite a lot. It’s a really good one, because it cuts to the heart of what youth justice is all about:                             How do...
Parenting

Parenting

Not many YOTs have parenting workers these days. This is unfortunate. So I asked my friend and parenting expert Kelly Cox to summarise why parenting work has a place in youth offending teams. Here’s what she said… Why is Parenting important within Youth...
In care & in trouble

In care & in trouble

Children in residential care are 15 times more likely to be criminalised than other kids the same age. That can’t be right… Recently, the Howard League for Penal Reform has issued its first briefing on ending the criminalisation of children in residential...
The state of youth custody in 2017

The state of youth custody in 2017

On the 18th July 2017 the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, published his annual report for the period 2016-17. Here’s what it said… This report makes grim reading. Whilst there are some positives, they take some finding and the overall picture...
"Children" not "young people"

"Children" not "young people"

First impressions matter. So does the language we use. This is particularly the case in services dealing with troubled teenagers. Why “child” is better… Young people, particularly those who offend, cause all kinds of problems. For their family. For...
It’s not about the offending!

It’s not about the offending!

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. But we still have a re-offending rate of 37.9% – pretty much the same as last year (and...