Ten years on: conclusions

Robert Newman and Maggie Blyth

in Children and young people in custody

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847422613
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301752 | DOI:
Ten years on: conclusions

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The contributions in this book have raised important policy questions with respect to three overlapping areas: the suitability of the current custodial system for children and young people; the scope for more effective resettlement opportunities; and an examination of where accountability should reside for children and young people sent to custody. The youth justice reforms in the United Kingdom have undoubtedly delivered some improvements to youth custody over the last decade. It is recognised that young people in custody must have access to mainstream services, particularly health, substance misuse and education, with improved links to local safeguarding services. Despite a performance framework designed to hold local agencies to account from the centre, young people in the youth justice system remain the most marginalised. It is to be hoped that the new joint accountability for youth justice at national level and the clear messages about local authority responsibilities set out in the Youth Crime Action Plan will signal a new era for youth justice services.

Keywords: United Kingdom; young people; children; custody; accountability; youth justice; education; agencies; Youth Crime Action Plan

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