Impact of custody on care-experienced children

The University of Bedfordshire’s Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime has published findings from research looking at factors contributing to the over-representation of looked after children in child prisons in South and West Yorkshire, and their differing experiences whilst in custody. Analysis of quantitative data on children sentenced to custody between 2014 and 2018; interviews with 48 children and young people; and interviews with 19 youth justice and social care professionals found that children who have been in care are more likely to develop a ‘survivor mentality’, a form of self-reliance that made it harder for them to focus on future ambitions for positive achievement and to leave their offending behind them.

Read the news story: New study considers the impact of custody on care-experienced children
Read the report: Surviving Incarceration (PDF)

Source: Howard League for Penal Reform

Date: 11 May 2020

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