Custody for kids: good and bad. Part 1…

The latest youth justice statistics present both good and bad news. Numbers in custody are down. But instances of restraint and self-harm have increased. In these austere times, and in any other times, fewer kids in prison is a good thing. But each young person is a...

In prison and in distress…

Custody is a tough place to be. I guess some sections of the public may think that’s a good thing. After all, prison is about punishment, right? Mmm. A recent inspection report into Eastwood Park prison near Bristol highlighted the issue of self-harm. So may be...

Better justice for young people who offend…

Like everyone else, I hear lots of negative stuff about young offenders. And to be honest, it annoys the heck out of me! Until last week, I worked in a secure children’s home. We looked after 17 children serving custodial sentences for offences. This means that...

YOIs Need More Staff, not Less…

The marked reduction in the number of young people entering the youth justice system in recent years has been well documented. There have been some quite stark figures to illustrate this…. For example: Overall there were 137,335 proven offences by young people...