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Maggie Blyth, Chris Wright, and Robert Newman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422613

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422613.001.0001

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Children and young people in custody

Maggie Blyth

Robert Newman

Chris Wright

Policy Press

This book is a collection of contributions from experts that examines government policy in the United Kingdom in relation to the incarceration of children and young people under eighteen years old. It remarks on the policy and direction of the government in the context of the ‘three track approach’ outlined in the Youth Crime Action Plan (YCAP), and reviews the aspirations of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) over the last decade in relation to its strategy for the children's secure estate. It explores whether the outcomes that impact on youth offending may be more effectively driven by children's services, particularly in relation to educational attainment. It also considers the purpose of secure establishments and asks who should be held responsible for bearing the cost of custody and the resettlement of children and young people back into the community. These themes are examined with regard to current sentencing practice and decisions about the release of young people from custody.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, incarceration, young people, Youth Crime Action Plan, Youth Justice Board, sentencing, custody, resettlement, children's services, secure estate

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