Press release

Perceptions of children and young people in custody

There have been overall improvements in the perceptions of children and young people in custody.

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) commissioned annual reports to listen to the views of children and young people in custody about progress made and to identify the areas which need further improvement.

Lin Hinnigan, chief executive of the YJB, said:

The YJB commissions these annual reports to listen to the voices of children and young people in custody, to take forward their concerns and to understand how we can improve their experiences.

This year, the overall improved results show that much good work already goes on in custody to support some of the most vulnerable, challenging and troubled young people in society.

However, we remain concerned about the significant minority of young people, whose experiences are less positive than others, including those from minority ethnic backgrounds or those who are particularly vulnerable for other reasons. We will continue to work with providers to improve the experience of these young people.

The YJB is also committed to improving resettlement when young people leave custody in order to improve their life chances and to reduce reoffending.

Children and young people report 2012/13

Children and young people report - Secure training centres 2012/13

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