West Midlands Combined Authority and West Midlands Police and Crime commissioner have published a report looking at the extent of childhood adversity, abuse, loss and trauma in children involved in the criminal justice system in the West Midlands. The report found that of 80 children in the criminal justice system studied: nine in ten children were known or suspected to have been abused; eight in ten were subject to school exclusion or attendance at multiple secondary schools; seven in ten are known or suspected to have lived with domestic violence whilst growing up; seven in ten children are known or suspected to be a victim of violence; and seven in ten children lived in poverty.
Read the news story: Evidence shows too many young people in the criminal justice system suffer from violence, poverty, and abuse growing up
Read the report: Punishing abuse: children in the West Midlands Criminal Justice System (PDF)
Source: West Midlands Combined Authority
Date: 12 March 2021