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"

'Just Children' Experts Roundtable -
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‘Just Children’ Experts Roundtable

We held the first Just Children roundtable event with professionals and service users in partnership with Just for Kids Law and Children’s Rights Alliance for England. Chaired by Maggie Atkinson, and with youth justice experts around the table, all contributed to the debate around what good practice already existed and what was needed for development.

Key messages from the event were:

  • Children’s rights discourse hasn’t worked in the past
  • Work around media presentations of children/teens in the media failed
  • Service users should be involved at all levels of the conversation
  • Positive approaches – what’s right, rather than what’s wrong
  • Development around brain development and maturity
  • Think about inequalities in the system, re BAME, Girls, and LAC
  • Look at early intervention and social care also
  • Don’t duplicate!
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