A report by the Children’s Commissioner for England has considered the safeguarding needs of young people in custody. Read the report of the Children’s Commissioner here: Unlocking Potential
Recommendations set out by the Children’s Commissioner:
- Young people should only be placed in isolation
- as a last resort
- not very often
- not for a long time.
- Every time a young person is placed in isolation, it should be recorded.
- More work is needed to find out why young people from particular groups are more likely to experience isolation in custody.
- Opportunities for young people in isolation – such as socialising, education and exercise – should continue when it’s safe to do so.
- Youth justice establishments should review their sanctions and rewards to make sure that they encourage positive behaviour and achievements.
Other relevant publications
Youth Justice Board publications and research: Youth Justice Board publications
NYAS offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults: NYAS information, advice, advocacy and legal representation
Coram Legal Centre Research and Publications on Youth Justice
James Hadi, Lecturer with a particular interest in the field of Youth Justice, Care Leavers and Looked After Children has tweeted a recommendation to read: Children behind bars Why the abuse of child imprisonment must end
— jameel hadi (@jameel_hadi) October 24, 2015