Beyond Youth Custody

A national programme which examines and promotes best practice in the resettlement of young people and young adults leaving custody.

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Beyond Youth Custody launches two national surveys to inform research into resettlement of young women and girls

2 June 2014

As part of our consultation work to support our research on the resettlement of girls and young women, we are conducting two national surveys, one for practiitioners and one for girls and young women.

Beyond Youth Custody launches case studies listings to showcase positive practice and young people’s stories

2 May 2014

The Beyond Youth Custody Programme launches a case studies website area to fulfil a key strand of our research and evaluation work.

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What helps young women when leaving custody?

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Paul Crozier
Programme Manager of Safe Choices project

How one project is supporting young women to make positive improvements in their lives

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Comment to: Which key factors will help children leaving custody? A magistrate's view

17 September 2013 by cparkerbeats

I absolutely agree with your choice of three key factors. I would also add to the wish list, repeating your remark re feasibility not getting in the way of a wish, that young people leaving custody should not be returned to the same environments that lead them to offend in the first place. This perhaps is the most difficult to achieve. Many young men serving sentences in Feltham are experiencing time away from home for the first time in their lives. Many are also experiencing structure and participation on levels which they have not experienced before. Leaving custody can involve a strange mix of elation and anti climax, leaving the young person disoriented and unable to cope with the challenges ahead. Maybe young people should not leave custody until they have a place on a program that will engage them in skills development, entry to employment activities and the like. I have recently witnessed a young man who was released early on licence be recalled to jail after 5 weeks because his family were evicted from his mother's house, resulting in the young man breaching his curfew because he couldn't get back into his house! He is now back in jail serving out the rest of his sentence! This does not sound like a justice system only sending young people to prison as a last resort. Mentoring is key, as you mention. But whilst mentoring remains a role that is viewed as the work of concerned philanthropists, with time on their hands, as opposed to a skilled and professional service requiring experience and knowledge of the issues and experiences young offenders are likely to face, and a role which requires appropriate remuneration, then there will never be enough mentors; or good enough mentors. If there is enough money to house a young offender for a year (ave £70k pa) then surely there is enough money to develop programs which address the issues you have listed. Could it be that those controlling the money spent on incarcerating young people would prefer that the money stays in the system as opposed to being paid out to third party organisations? Either way, at present and with some exception, it seems as though the money is not being well spent.

Comment to: Four reforms that would dramatically improve youth resettlement

15 July 2013 by JMcEvoy

Interesting comments, I look forward to the MoJ's next steps

What helps young women when leaving custody?

3 July 2014 by Paul Crozier

How one project is supporting young women to make positive improvements in their lives

A week in the life of a Youth in Focus Project Manager

9 June 2014 by Andrea

Andrea takes us through a typical week at the project

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Resettlement of young offenders: informing practice, improving outcomes