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Young Offenders

Juvenile offending, including antisocial behaviour and gang crime, has been high on the policy agenda of successive governments. Concern has been heightened by the involvement of young people in the English riots of August 2011 as about a quarter of those responsible for he disorder were under 17, and by a series of high profile gang related murders. This section includes material on:

  • Preventing young people getting into trouble, steering them away from drugs and crime
  • Offender management - working with young people in prison, on post-release licences and on community sentences, creating chances for them to move on from crime and to give something positive back to society.

This collection is made up of full text reports on young offenders, available to view free of charge

Children and Social Work Bill: House of Lords: Report Stage

This is a briefing by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) for the second reading stage of the 'Children and Social Work Bill' in the House of Lords.

The Carlile Inquiry 10 years on: the use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching on children

This report surveys developments in the 10 years since the publication of the Carlile Inquiry on use of force on young people in secure institutions.

Nacro's written evidence submitted to the Commons Select Committee Inquiry on Young Adult Offenders

Young adults, aged 18-25, require a distinct approach that is tailored to meet their unique needs and vulnerabilities.

The treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system

This briefing is a response to the House of Commons Justice Committee report on the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system.

Joint electronic monitoring protocol: protocol between youth offending teams (YOTs) and Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS) regarding electronic monitoring of young people

This joint protocol lays out the responsibilities of youth offending teams/services (YOTs) and Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS) in relation to the electronic monitoring (EM) of young people.

Neurodisability in the youth justice system: recognising and responding to the criminalisation of neurodevelopmental impairment

A recent comprehensive review of research evidence reveals a disproportionately high prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders amongst young people in custodial institutions that is consistent across various international contexts.

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