Review of Youth Justice System report
In September 2015 Charlie Taylor was commissioned by the government to look at how this country deals with children and young people who break the law. The Taylor Review of the youth justice system has now been published; following an interim report published in Feb 2016. It makes a compelling case for change. In the government's response it is clear that they will be implementing the key recommendations, putting education at the heart of youth custody and improving the provision of health care to tackle the factors that increase the risk of offending.
- The Taylor Review calls for a unique, distinct and child-centred youth justice system and has a number of key themes at its heart:
- Young people are treated as children first and offenders second
- Youth offending should be dealt with at the lowest possible level
- more effectively and look at new ways of operating
- The welfare needs of children who offend will be addressed as part of a coordinated response led by the local authority, but with committed support from police, health, education, social care and probation
- Wherever possible children will be diverted away from the formal criminal justice system and offered support in the community
- The needs of the victim will be at the heart of the youth justice system and wherever possible a restorative approach will be used
- For the most serious offences the child will be sent to a secure school. These new institutions will ultimately be commissioned and funded locally
"Our aim should be to create a 21st century system that moves away from justice with some welfare, to a welfare system with justice"
The Taylor Review in full, and the government's response is available @ Charlie Taylor Review of the Youth Justice System