Young People's Area


"I'm Walking A Life"

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"Whitney Spoken Word"

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"Young People Performing A Song"

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"Be good to be close to family and those supporting you"

"Intelligence is more than School smart"

"Young people aren't out of reach. Services are out of reach"

"I just tried to stay out of trouble, connect with family and friends and get early release"

"The word education isn't a great word"

"Young people need a second chance"

"If someone's got something to lose they will fight to keep it"

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

"Knowing your rights and entitlements means you feel more empowered"

"If I complain, I don't think anything will happen"

"The long term affect is massive, but the decision is based on the judges mood"

"Young people should be involved from the beginning"

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Ali Wigzell

Ali Wigzell is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to joining the ICPR in 2012, she spent four years as a senior researcher at the think tank the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), leading their work on youth justice.

Youth justice is Ali’s area of research specialism. Her work in the field includes a major review of youth justice at the CSJ, and the report of the Parliamentarians’ Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court, which was chaired by Lord Carlile.

Ali is currently studying for a Ph.D in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD is an ethnography of youth justice supervision and the role of young person-worker relationships in facilitating desistance. She is a guest lecturer on youth justice at Birkbeck, University of London.

As well as being an Advisory Board Member of Peer Power UK Ali is also Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, a Trustee of the National Association of Youth Justice, and a Fellow of the CSJ.

Ali Wigzell