Care-experienced girls

Centre for Child and Family Justice Research (CFJ) has published a report which looks at the over-representation of care-experienced girls and women in the criminal justice system. Interviews were conducted with 17 girls and young women who had been in care in England. Findings include: over-criminalisation in children’s homes was a common theme; interviewees revealed experiences of abuse, victimisation and exploitation whilst in the care system; and 12 participants discussed experiences that would fit under the government definition of child sexual exploitation or child criminal exploitation. Recommendations include: building a trauma-responsive care system and addressing the link between stigma and violence against care-experienced girls.

Read the report: Disrupting the routes between care and custody for girls and women

Source: CFJ

Date: 04 May 2022

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