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Taylor Review Response Published

Friday 6 May 2016

Clinks’ submission to the Taylor Review

In February this year 1625ip in partnership with Clinks and the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services led one of five National consultation events gathering responses from voluntary organisations and young people involved in the youth justice system in the South West in response to the Taylor Review.

The full Clinks' Taylor Review Submission is now available here:  Clinks Taylor Review Submission (pdf, 740kb)

Clinks has been working with a number of national and local voluntary sector partners concerned with children, young people and youth justice to formulate the submission to the Taylor Review of the Youth Justice System, not only in response to the interim report published in February 2016 but also to address the broader themes encompassed by the review.

The submission draws on feedback from five consultation events with voluntary sector organisations across England and Wales, including one with Black, Asian, and minority ethnic organisations convened by Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) and Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group (POPS).

Young people from 1625ip took part in one of two special consultation events held with Nacro and Peer Power, to hear the views of young people with experience of the youth justice system.

Jamie Gill, 1625ip Partnerships Director said;

"We feel really positive about how well views have been captured and reflected over a wide range of areas. We particularly look forward to feeding back to the young people who contributed about how their views were listened to and fed into the submission."

Excerpts from the review:

'Psychologically Informed Support. It was thought children in trouble should be receiving psychologically informed support at all points of their journey, and not just in custody. This is about far more than just therapy. It is about psychologists and mental health workers working alongside youth workers, voluntary sector staff, teachers and youth justice workers to support them to use their relationships as the primary tool for change. It is not about frontline staff being therapists, but about them using psychologically informed interventions to support young people whose lives have been shaped by trauma and disrupted attachments to be better ability to regulate their emotions, self-manage behaviours, learn to trust others, and develop belief in themselves and the future.'

'Transitions to adulthood: Maturation to adulthood is now understood as a neurological process that continues well into the mid-twenties, and many young people leaving the youth justice system continue to present with profound needs for support appropriate to their emotional and behavioural immaturity. The Taylor Review should therefore incorporate proposals for transitional support of young people once they reach the age of eighteen and move into the adult health, social care and justice systems.'

'Organisational behaviour and staff skills:  Encouraging and fostering positive long-term relationships between young people and the adults working with them (e.g. YOT workers, voluntary sector practitioners, social workers, care home workers) must be at the core of any developments in the youth justice system. Positive, stable and long-term relationships with professionals are key to providing young people with the support they need to lead happy and constructive lives; this is particularly important for looked after children, and for those with histories of trauma and abuse.'

'Restorative approaches: participants felt that restorative practices could be used much more extensively to support prevention and diversion; this approach can de-escalate situations and interrupt the process of criminalisation. Restorative approaches should also be extended beyond court-ordered remedies, to community work and to youth work in schools. '


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