Ensuring Custody is the Last Resort for Children in England and Wales

Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) new report on ensuring custody is the last resort for children in England & Wales. SCYJ is an alliance of organisations working to improve the youth justice system in England and Wales. We advocate a child-focused youth justice system that promotes the integration of children in trouble with the law into society and tackles the underlying causes of offending. Such a system would serve the best interests of the children themselves and the community at large.

TLG CEO Andrez Harriott says ” I am an advocate of alternatives to custody for some children. We know that some children must be in custody for the safety of the public and as a punishment for an offence committed. However, custody is not the place for children overall and we must proactively look at therapeutic alternatives which remove children from their immediate surroundings for a while with the view to reintroduce them once it is safe to do so”.

 

Please read the full report here: http://scyj.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Ensuring-custody-is-the-last-resort-FINAL.pdf

 

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