03 Mar Young People respond to Charlie Taylor Review of Youth Justice System
Beyond Youth Custody, Peer Power will hold two national events to ensure the views of young people with experience of the justice system are heard in response to the Government’s Review into Youth Justice. In September 2015 Charlie Taylor was asked to lead a departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice. The review is:
- Looking at the evidence and current practice in preventing youth crime and rehabilitating young offenders
- Exploring how the youth justice system can most effectively interact with wider services for children and young people
- Considering whether the current arrangements are fit for purpose and achieve value for money
On 9 February 2016, an interim report was published.
Workshops for young people led by young people!
On 1st March we held an event in London and a second event on 3rd March was held in Leicester.
A total of 44 young people aged 15-25, were involved, and travelled from all over the country including Leeds, Liverpool, Leicester, Salford, London and Bristol. The workshops were led and facilitated by young people from Peer Power who had experience of the system themselves, beginning with empathy based testimonials.
Charlie Taylor, who is leading the review attended the London event, and Meena Bhatti, a member of the Review Team attended the Leicester event, giving young people a chance to speak directly to, and influence, those making the decisions.
Young people were asked about their views and experiences of three different areas:
- Resettlement, Youth Offending Services and Custody
- Having your voice heard
Charlie Taylor said:
“I really appreciated the trouble people had taken in making it such a success and the distances some of the children had travelled to be there. I found the conversations really interesting and they gave me lots of food for thought about the YJ system.”
Please see Clinks’ review of the youth justice system.