SCYJ has written to Frank Field MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee regarding their inquiry into employment opportunities and support for young people.
We argue that because all formal responses to offending become part of a child’s criminal record in England and Wales, a large number of children receive a criminal record; in 2013/14, 60,000 cautions and convictions (all attracting a criminal record) were given to children in England and Wales.
By way of contrast, SCYJ’s research on the treatment of childhood criminal records in different jurisdictions shows that, over the same time frame, only 48 children under the age of 17 were given a criminal record in New Zealand and in New Mexico, USA, only one child received a criminal record
This has an inevitable negative impact on future employment something crucial to rehabilitation.
You can see the letter in full here.