Young Offenders

It's Time To End The Stigma And Postcode Lottery For Adhd In The Uk

Michelle Beckett | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK
Michelle Beckett

I'm going to start by leaving some stats on the table for later (aren't stats dull?) Then I'll tell you a story. UK population over 16 years of age...

In Youth Justice Reform, The Government Is Sidestepping A Local Route To Transformation

Rod Clark | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

Last week saw the long-awaited publication of Charlie Taylor's report on youth justice, which paints an inspiring and radical vision of the way we sho...

How Do You Prove Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Whitney Iles | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Whitney Iles

A. You don't. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AHDH) is nothing more than a professional opinion, it is not a fact. Even in the "Diagnostic...

Our Justice System Lets Young People Down - Here's How to Fix It

Mat Ilic | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK
Mat Ilic

A criminal record shouldn't be synonymous with a future without opportunity. The justice secretary talks about 'forgiveness' and 'redemption'. It is in our public interest to build both a criminal justice system which rehabilitates, and a society which gives second chances. All we need now is greater public interest, to help drive this revolution - let's end youth offending altogether.

New Youth Culture - Have We Underestimated Its Significance?

Andrez Harriott | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Andrez Harriott

I wish I could say that young people are exaggerating and not taking responsibility for their actions. But I hear on a daily basis numerous accounts of young people being assaulted, physically, sexually and emotionally abused, unsupervised, fearing for their lives daily within their local communities, experiencing poverty, exploitation, grooming, a lack of understanding from parents, ambivalence from teachers and strained relationships with the Police.

Investing In Arts Education To Create Crime Free Futures

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

At Milton Keynes College we have a strapline: Transforming lives through learning. It is so much more than a strapline - we really believe in it and ...

Ten Reasons Why the House of Lords Should Oppose Grayling's Flawed Secure College Plans

Dan Jarvis | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

Earlier this year the Government unveiled plans for one of the most ill-thought through policies of this Parliament. It's called the Secure College - a new Titan prison for young offenders. It sounds good in theory. It's supposed to be a new institution that will 'transform youth custody' by prioritising learning. In reality it's a flawed, expensive and potentially dangerous idea.

Reconfiguring the Youth Justice Prison System

Rob Flello | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Flello

The majority of children in custody are themselves victims of abuse... Considering the struggle many of these children have experienced so early in their short lives, it's surely not surprising that so many find themselves on a path of criminality and destruction.

Plans to Move 18-20s to Adult Prisons Must Be Based on Evidence

Rod Clark | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

Research shows that young adults have the largest potential to change their lives and "grow out of crime", but inappropriate interventions can halt this desistance process. In addition, this group are likely to require more one-to-one support in the adult estate where they may be more vulnerable due to their age and maturity to prevent violence or self-harm.

Broken Arms And Routine Strip Searches At Young Offenders Institution

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

Two children had their arms broken from staff use of force and there were high levels of violence and a number of routine strip searches at a young of...

One Mile Away - The Crime Wave That Ebbed Away

Penelope Gibbs | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Penelope Gibbs

England is a divided country, divided even in communities who have almost everything in common.

Youth Offending: The Case for a New Approach

Seb McCarthy | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Seb McCarthy

The 'future generation' that we all hear so much about from our politicians is forecasted to be a criminal one, with arguably the most worrying figure released last year from the Ministry of Justice telling us that young people between the ages 10-17 accounted for almost 18% of arrests made.

Deaths Of 199 Children And Young People In Custody Over Last 10 Years 'Devastating'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

Nine children and more than 190 other young people aged 24 and under have died in prisons or secure training centres since calls for a review ten year...

Young Offenders 'Often Suffer From Brain Development Problems'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK

Young people in custody often suffer from brain development disorders, according to a newly-published report. Experts have carried out a review of ...

Joe Cole Is Tommy OFFENDER

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

Joe Cole began his acting training with the National Youth Theatre, despite his young age Screen International Star of Tomorrow Joe Cole has already gone on to earn critical acclaim across the board for his work in television, theatre and film.


Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

G Frsh is sitting in his recording studio, where he logs nine-to-five days every week like he's a working stiff. He looks low key, no fashion logos or excessive jewellery, just a grey T-shirt, and tracksuit bottoms. The rapper who is now 28, is smart, funny and very smiley. He is the boy from South London who is twisting rap into his own image thereby offering a lifeline to kids, showing hard work pays off.

Schoolboy Locked Up For Sending Explicit Video Of Bullied Girl, 14

Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager has been detained after he circulated an explicit video of a 14-year-old girl to fellow pupils at her school. The 16-year-old bullied th...

An Alternative to Overcrowded Prisons Must be a Government Priority

Vicki Cardwell | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Politics
Vicki Cardwell

The government will soon publish proposals for improving community sentences. We welcome this, but the real challenge is to ensure community sentences are used where possible instead of custody - rather than an additional means of punishment.

10-Year-Old Becomes One Of Youngest To Receive Criminal Record

PA | Posted 17.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A schoolboy has become one of the youngest people in the country to get a criminal record after he admitted causing damage related to a £115,000 arso...

Children Are 'Needlessly' Locked Up, Says Think Tank

PA | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK

Thousands of children are needlessly being locked up in young offenders institutions, a think-tank warned on Sunday. The Centre for Social Justice ...

How Young People 'Trading Places' with the Police Can Help Communities

Emeka Egbuonu | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK
Emeka Egbuonu

The Crib's Trading Places workshops in Hackney, east London, is a programme which enables young people to trade places with police, teachers, prison wardens and older people in the community. In these sessions, young people reverse roles with the chosen professionals giving the young people and the professionals the opportunity to see how they are perceived by the other

Prison for Knife Crime Youth Isn't the Answer

Vicki Cardwell | Posted 21.01.2012 | UK
Vicki Cardwell

The overly-confident assumption that mandatory prison sentences can begin to address teenage offending is naive at best. Prison simply cannot address the complex social problems underlying such behaviour, as is clear from the high reoffending rates for young people released from custody.

Young Offenders Need More Support in Custody

Sarah Hamilton-Fairley | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK
Sarah Hamilton-Fairley

What's clear is that addressing all these problems, social, health and jobs-related, is key to reducing the risk of offending and reoffending after release. If not, we will be simply be talking about the same thing in years to come.

Girls Raped As 'Gang Weapons' To Get Back At Rival Gangs

PA | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Politics

Girls are being used as weapons in disputes between rival gangs, Home Secretary Theresa May has said. Mrs May said girls and young women were often...

Maximum Curfew Increased To 16 Hours A Day

Posted 08.10.2011 | UK Politics

A new Government proposal to keep offenders under curfew at home for up to 16 hours a day has been slammed as 'completely flawed' by the National Asso...