It’s been a bumper month for interesting reports: three in particular to highlight were:
- The Youth Justice Board’s (YJB) disproportionality tools outlines the extent to which BAME children are over-represented in each stage of the youth justice system.
- The Howard League for Penal Reform report on the criminalisation of children in residential care shows that some children’s homes are excessively calling the police, but efforts to reduce criminalisation are beginning to have some impact.
- The Children’s Society research on responding to children who are criminally exploited show that 14-17 year-olds are the most likely to be exploited by criminal gangs, and professionals are struggling to keep up with the scale of the problem.
Cordis Bright has recently worked with Central Government Departments, Multi-Agency Boards, Police and Crime Commissioners, Local Authority Children’s Services and Voluntary and Community Sector organisations on their responses to Serious Youth Violence and Gangs, Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation, evaluated programmes, innovations and initiatives designed to improve responses to these issues, and worked with Youth Offending Team Boards to review their work on disproportionality. Based on this experience we agree with the call from these reports for a more joined-up approach and improved sharing of information between statutory and non-statutory agencies to better support children and young people involved, or at risk of involvement, with the criminal justice system.
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