Youth Justice Review – Interim Report published…

Image courtesy of ©MoJ

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

Youth Justice bulletin from the Standing Committee for Youth Justice…

SCYJHere’s the January 2016 bulletin from the SCYJ.

This month there’s stuff on:

  • Medway STC, G4S and the Panorama programme
  • Olivia Pinkney on police engagement with Children
  • Children joining gangs
  • Use of cells to keep children overnight, and
  • Nick Hardwick’s issues with the MoJ and inspections…

View the full bulletin – here.

Enjoy!  J.

Secure care

10 practice tips...

My few years working in secure residential child care was probably the steepest learning curve of my career to date.

It is a unique hot-house of challenge and delights.

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/Haessig Jérémy

So how can we do it better?

There are lessons here for everybody…

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Custody report 2014-15…

The prison inspectorate and the Youth Justice Board have published their joint report into children in custody during 2015-15.

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Image courtesy of ©HMIP & YJB

The report is, “An Analysis of 12-18 Years Olds’ Perceptions of Their Experience in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions.”

Download it here.

Trauma Recovery Model paper is out!

Dr. Tricia Skuse and I are proud to announce that our theory paper on the Trauma Recovery Model (TRM) is finally in print!

Image courtesy of ©Prison Service Journal

Image courtesy of ©Prison Service Journal

The Prison Service Journal published it this week.

To download the journal for FREE just click here.

Scroll down to page 16 for the start of the paper.


If you’d like to keep in touch with developments and other news relating to the TRM you can visit the website or subscribe to the mailing list here.

YJB YOT Stocktake Report published…

The YJB and Deloitte have published the report of the YOT stocktake.

Report cover image...

It’s purpose was …

“…to understand how the YOT model has evolved locally and nationally, including differences in organisational structures, funding arrangements, spending decisions, and ways of working.”

Visit the report page – here.

Or download the report straight away – here

Why the brain matters in youth justice…

Neuro-disability: what it is & what to do about it...

The very first youth justice case I had, involved brain injury.

It took me the best part two years to discover this, by which time it was too late. The lad went to custody. Needlessly.

Sketch - Brain matters in YJ

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So it’s crucial that those working with all troubled teenagers know a bit about neuro-disability…

Here’s a summary of the issues…

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Young offenders as victims…

6 key recommendations for youth justice...

About 3 hours in to my first day in a youth justice team, one thing became clear.

Most of these kids are victims too!

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Photos courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Imgorthand & ©123rf/AlexanderRaths (adapted)

So how do we address the victim needs of young people who offend?

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