Criminalisation of children in care

Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University, Liverpool John Moore University and University of Bristol have written a report analysing 36 local authority protocols on reducing unnecessary criminalisation of looked after children in England and Wales. Findings include: children and young people do not receive the same protections from area to area; and there is a lack of consideration of the needs and experiences of girls and black and ethnic minority children. Recommendations include the introduction of a statutory duty which should include training for care system and police professionals to better respond to trauma.

Read the press release: Statutory duty needed to prevent unnecessary criminalisation of children in care, research reveals
Read the research article: A difficult balance: challenges and possibilities for local protocols to reduce unnecessary criminalisation of children in care and care leavers

Source: Manchester Metropolitan University

Date: 10 March 2023

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