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Our blog welcomes postings from people who are involved and interested in youth custody issues. Views expressed here are not necessarily those of Beyond Youth Custody.

Childhood trauma and offending

Jan
19
2017
Pippa Goodfellow
Beyond Youth Custody programme manager

For a recent piece in Children and Young People Now, Pippa talks about how improving awareness of childhood trauma can help youth justice practitioners rehabilitate young offenders

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A trauma-informed approach to working with young people

Nov
28
2016
Fran Hughes
Specialist Service Manager, Future 4 Me

Future 4 Me offers specialist support to young people leaving custody and leaving care, many of who have experienced trauma. Fran highlights the importance of staff training, multi-agency working and adopting a flexible approach in order to build positive relationships and engage with young people

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Working together to tackle reoffending

Jul
19
2016
Pippa Goodfellow
Programme Manager, Beyond Youth Custody

Pippa talks about how cross boundary and departmental working, effective co-ordination of services and involvement of the family can facilitate the personalised care that is needed to reverse the current debilitating trends of high reoffending rates of young people leaving custody

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“Families provide hope… that thread of continuity that everything’s going to be OK, that they’ll get through it”

Jul
19
2016
Joanne Mulcahy
Cymru and South West Manager, Pact

Pact is a national charity which provides practical and emotional support to prisoners, their children and their families. Jo Mulcahy spoke to us about the importance of family ties and the benefits of the resettlement conferencing that Pact introduced for young people in custody in 2012. This is an edited version of that interview

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“The only thing that supported me through my whole experience is the support from the people around me”

Jul
19
2016
Simon
Ex-resident at a secure unit

Simon talks about his experience of how family support, facilitated by the secure unit, helped him turn his life around

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A tailored model of rehabilitation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, Muslim offenders

Nov
19
2015
Dr Christine Hough
Lecturer and researcher, School of Social Work Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Christine Hough, lecturer and researcher at the University of Central Lancashire shares initial findings from her evaluation of a model for the rehabilitation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Muslim offenders

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Rehabilitation or ‘abilitation’?

Jul
14
2015
Ian Thomas
Project Development Officer, Independent Fostering Agency

Ian uses his experience to ask questions about how young people – many who have never been in a position to sustain an independent and productive place in society – can resettle or rehabilitate back into the community. He suggests a way forward where agencies work alongside those in conflict with the law and help them engage with things that make them feel a part of society

How to tailor the resettlement process to meet the needs of gang-involved young people

Apr
07
2015
Joel Dawes
Community Support Worker - Nacro

Joel Dawes talks about some of the complexities involved in the resettlement of gang-involved young people and the rewards of seeing an entrenched gang member decide to ‘go straight’

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Excited and scared at the same time

Feb
17
2015
Young Advisor
U R Boss project

As part of our research into how young people cope with the transition from being released from custody to community, we heard from Young Advisors from the U R Boss Project.

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It can feel like you are being set up to fail

Feb
17
2015
Young Advisor
U R Boss project

As part of our research into how young people cope with the transition from being released from custody to community, we heard from Young Advisors from the U R Boss Project.

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From being inside to life on the outside

Aug
18
2014
Beyond Youth Custody admin

“I will have a different mentality when I’m released.” Our research team gathers views from young women in prison on the challenges they face

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What helps young women when leaving custody?

Jul
03
2014
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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A week in the life of a Youth in Focus Project Manager

Jun
09
2014
Andrea
Moving On Project Manager

Andrea takes us through a typical week at the project

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Young and gifted: how the ADAPT model mentors young people and reduces reoffending

Mar
31
2014
Julia Pennington
Operations Manager, Offender Services, Salford Foundation

Julia Pennington, Operations Manager, Offender Services, Salford Foundation, describes the approach that ADAPT has to building relationships with young people and the qualities of effective staff.

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Which key factors will help children leaving custody? A magistrate’s view

Aug
13
2013
John Bache JP
Youth Courts Committee, Magistrates’ Association

Any magistrate who sits in the youth court will tell you that they only use custody as a last resort. This really is true. Some say it is a myth. It isn’t. We do not want to put a child or young person in custody. We do everything in our power to avoid it if at all possible. Incidentally, a major requirement for the avoidance of custody is for magistrates to have confidence in non-custodial sentencing alternatives.

Four reforms that would dramatically improve youth resettlement

Jul
15
2013
Jake McLeod
Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ)

The SCYJ, a coalition of 30 voluntary sector organisations championing youth justice reform, recently submitted its response to the Transforming Youth Custody Green Paper. Below SCYJ staff member Jake Mcleod discusses its submission, with a particular focus on its proposal to improve youth custody resettlement.

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