13 Jan Youth Response to Taylor Review of Youth Justice
A Peer Leader from Peer Power has written a response to the Taylor Review into Youth Justice, published in December 2016.
You can read the youth responses below.
On Over-Representation of BAME, LAC and Care Leavers in Youth Justice System
“The dynamics in relation to the youth justice system has improved immensely with fewer young people entering the system but with the overrepresentation of BAME, Looked After Children and Care Leavers still a huge problem, this still lies within my curiosity, how are these numbers going to come down?”
On secure schools, and a focus on education
“With the current recommendations to make it more education focused, with secure schools, I think this could really work, however to make it work, we need to fix the things that are lacking first, and go back to basics, for example being better at relationships and communication.”
On listening to, and involving young people
“As for the changes, how do we know it is going to be highly enshrined? Will it be respected and protected? How will you make sure young people know and keep them involved in the consultations?”
On mental health and early intervention
“With so many young people with mental health issues passing though the youth justice system, it is vital that early identification alongside good accessibility of services for these young people are of quality.”
“Instead of looking at one whole system nationally, you need to look at local area need and individual support needs, otherwise it’s a false economy!”
Here, you can read the Taylor Review on Youth Justice.
As well, you can also read the Government response.