Beyond Youth Custody

News from Beyond Youth Custody – December 2017

15 December 2017

Season’s Greetings from Beyond Youth Custody! We have a bumper edition of updates for you including our new report, useful resources and two upcoming events in the New Year.

Recent work

  • On November 20, BYC released our latest report “Now all I care about is my future” – supporting the shift which proposes a theory of change for the effective resettlement of young people leaving custody. It recognises that effective and sustainable resettlement facilitates a shift in the way that a young person sees themselves from an identity that promotes offending, to one that promotes a positive contribution to society.
  • We have spoken at a number of events including the International Corrections and Prisons Association conference in London and at a number of the Youth Justice Board’s regional Effective Practice Meetings.
  • BYC attended the 2017 annual Youth Justice Convention on 21 and 22 November, where we had an exhibition stand and also led a workshop based on the findings of our latest report. It was great to be a part of such a powerful conference, to see so many familiar faces and to make new contacts. We were delighted to receive positive feedback from delegates about BYC’s resources and how they have led to changes in approach to working with young people. This kind of feedback is invaluable; please get in touch if our resources have had an impact on your training or practice.
  • We are proud to have worked with St Basils on their Youth Justice Accommodation Pathway to prevent homelessness and to support better outcomes for young people involved in the criminal justice system. Check out this useful resource.

Upcoming work

  • Nacro and Centrepoint are carrying out scoping research around accommodation pathways for 18-25 year olds leaving custody and are currently interviewing practitioners on their experience of helping young people find housing after leaving prison. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Caroline Drummond.
  • On 27 February, we are holding an event – in partnership with Clinks’ service user involvement managers’ network, Peer Power and Everton in the Community – to explore how the voices of young people in youth justice services or at risk of offending are heard. For more information and to book click here.
  • On 22 March, BYC, in partnership with Making Research Count, will be holding a one-day conference in London based on the work from the six years of the programme. For more information and to book click here.

Other news

  • All of our reports and practitioner’s guides are available to download on the resources section of the website. If you would like hard copies of the reports sent to you, please get in touch.
  • October 2017 welcomed back Sarah Wilkinson as our Policy Programme Manager and warmly welcomed Charlotte Mitchell, Policy and Communications Intern, to the team. Pippa Goodfellow, previous Policy Programme Manager, has left us to take up the role as lecturer in youth justice at Nottingham Trent University. We thank Pippa for her invaluable contribution to the BYC partnership and we wish her great success.

Thank you for your interest and support for BYC. Please do pass this update on to colleagues who may be interested in our work.

Kind regards,
Sarah Wilkinson
BYC Programme Manager



Resettlement of young offenders: informing practice, improving outcomes