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… Get the audio versions of my newer posts on ‘Jonny 24/7’ – here… This report makes grim...
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...

Custody for kids: good & bad. Part 2…

In our last post on this subject, we looked at some of the system problems currently at play in the world of youth justice. Specifically in the kind of secure provision for children who end up in custody. We showed that closing beds in secure children’s homes is...