Pippa Goodfellow, Programme Manager for Beyond Youth Custody at Nacro, comments on: HM Inspectorate of Prisons' report, Children in Custody 2014-15: an analysis of 12–18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experience in secure training centres and young offender institutions


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“This is a timely and welcome report that draws attention to the many challenges currently facing children in custody.

“Given the crucial importance of early planning for release to reduce reoffending and achieve effective resettlement outcomes, the finding that only 41% of boys held in the YOI estate said that they had a training, sentence or remand plan in place is extremely worrying. Beyond Youth Custody research shows that resettlement is more effective when sentence planning starts from the earliest point of a sentence and is focused on resettlement throughout. Young people need to be prepared for release not just in the weeks before they leave custody, but at the point they enter it. This kind of planning can also reduce the anxiety that some young people experience as they transfer from custody to the community.

“The report’s findings also provide further evidence that more needs to be done to address the disproportionate overrepresentation of children from minority ethnic groups and those who have been in local authority care.

“It is crucial that the ongoing review of youth justice led by Charlie Taylor responds to these challenges and builds on the findings announced.”

You can read the full report here.