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
Last week saw the long-awaited publication of Charlie Taylor's report on youth justice, which paints an inspiring and radical
A. You don't. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AHDH) is nothing more than a professional opinion, it is not a fact
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.
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.
At Milton Keynes College we have a strapline: Transforming lives through learning. It is so much more than a strapline - we
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.
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.
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.
Two children had their arms broken from staff use of force and there were high levels of violence and a number of routine
England is a divided country, divided even in communities who have almost everything in common.
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.
Nine children and more than 190 other young people aged 24 and under have died in prisons or secure training centres since
Young people in custody often suffer from brain development disorders, according to a newly-published report. Experts have
A teenager has been detained after he circulated an explicit video of a 14-year-old girl to fellow pupils at her school. The
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.
A schoolboy has become one of the youngest people in the country to get a criminal record after he admitted causing damage
Thousands of children are needlessly being locked up in young offenders institutions, a think-tank warned on Sunday. The
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
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.