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...
After care

After care

Looked After children or those on a Care Order have access to after care. So why not young people on criminal court orders? Why YOT kids may need aftercare… Despite the valiant efforts of those working to prevent young people from offending, it happens. Some...
In prison a long way from home…

In prison a long way from home…

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published it’s report into the impact on children in custody who are imprisoned away from their home area. Click here to download the full report… What are the findings and recommendations?… The thematic inspection...
Youth Custody

Youth Custody

The last two weeks have seen a couple of developments in the youth justice field. Both have suggested a change in the way we do custody for children. So, where next for youth custody?… The two developments I mentioned are the YJB stats report for December 2015...

Secure care

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. So how can we do it better? There are lessons here for everybody… In no other work setting...
Redeemability…

Redeemability…

Some kids seem too troubled to fix. It’s just too hard… If we left it there and didn’t look closer, we’d be defeated before we start. But there’s more to it than that. Why redeemability matters… Get the audio version of posts like...