Beyond Youth Custody

Latest lessons on resettlement of young people

5 May 2015

Beyond Youth Custody has published the most recent in a series of regular updates intended to outline the latest lessons from research, policy and practice in the resettlement of young people. It provides an overview of relevant publications and developments since Beyond Youth Custody’s last update in November 2014. Download the March update, Lessons from the literature: update March 2015 here.

In April 2013, BYC published an extensive review of the literature on the resettlement of young people leaving custody. BYC is committed to publishing regular supplements that provide updates on the latest developments in resettlement policy and practice, and disseminating the most recent research findings in the field.

The March update:

  • outlines recent trends in imprisonment, documenting the continued fall in the youth custodial population. It considers the characteristics and experiences of this group – whose vulnerabilities have increased and experiences of incarceration have deteriorated – and the additional challenges this poses for those responsible for resettlement.
  • summarises the implications of recent legislative changes affecting the resettlement of young people, including the introduction of Community Rehabilitation Companies and changes to statutory requirements in relation to post-custody supervision.
  • considers the findings of recent research including a review of the rate of complaints made by young people in custody, an evaluation into the use of acupuncture as an intervention for vulnerable young people, and a recent joint thematic inspection of resettlement services for children.

Pippa Goodfellow, Programme Manager for Beyond Youth Custody, said:

“BYC is committed to challenging, advancing and promoting better thinking and practice in resettlement services for young people. Our regular updates aim to ensure that practitioners and policy makers have access to the latest available lessons from research, policy and practice”.


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