IARS Young People’s Response to the Youth Justice System Review


Rhian Johns - Director of Policy at Impetus-PEF

Rhian Johns – Director of Policy at Impetus-PEF

The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to submit a response to the departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice. The review that is led by Charlie Taylor examines evidences on;

·         What works to prevent youth crime and rehabilitate young offenders, and how this is applied in practice;

·         How the youth justice system can most effectively interact with wider services for children and young people; and

·          Whether the current delivery models and governance arrangements remain fit for purpose and achieve value for money.

An interim report was published in February 2016 and a final report is expected in September 2016.

The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign, has taken the initiative to respond to this open consultation representing the views of young people. Specifically, the response aims to provide insights on the use of restorative justice in the youth justice system and its potential to support prevention, diversion, rehabilitation and reintegration.

In the framework of the review the Youth Advisory Board and the 99% Campaign conducted online surveys calling young people to share their experiences of the youth justice system as well as restorative justice. The response also builds on the expertise and previous work of the IARS International Institute in the area of restorative justice.

The full response was drafted by the Chair of the Youth Advisory Board Faisal Kassim and can be found here.

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