In summary, there are movements in the right direction within the government's response to the Taylor review making rehabilitation and restoration central to the youth justice system and there is a firm desire within government to go on reducing the number of young people in this system
In June 2016, national news headlines were dominated by Britain's referendum on whether to remain within or leave the European
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.
Despite some good intentions, the current regimes struggle to go much further than containment. Our recent research found that too many children are spending time in isolation in a system which is closer to crowd control than the ambitions of personal development and recovery that we see in Taylor's report.
The BBC's latest film presents Mini's life as one long missed opportunity, in spite of his potential. My hope is that these changes help us to avoid turning out another generation of missed opportunities.
The government is currently embarking on one of the largest change programme of the criminal justice system in recent history...The impact assessment of the Bill reveals that around 13,000 offenders will be recalled or committed to custody as a result of the proposals, giving a prison places increase of around 600 additional places per year.
If we do not make courts responsive to children's needs, we will have weaker evidence and we will have poorer justice. Because serving justice means protecting children.
To suggest social project spending cuts in Britain are to blame for the problems on the streets seen in London during this
Barnardo's believes in children - all children, even those who offend and cause distress to their families and communities. Even these children, particularly these children, deserve another chance.
It costs over £200,000 a year to imprison a 13 year old for a year yet over 70% are re-convicted within a year of release. So surely we should only spend that kind of money if we really have to.