SCYJ publishes new report on the childhood criminal records system

SCYJ has published a new report on the childhood criminal records system in England and Wales. Growing Up, Moving On, documents compelling evidence that the childhood criminal record system inhibits access to education, employment and housing, and so works against rehabilitation and the aims of the youth justice system. It calls for reform of the system. Read the report here. 

SCYJ responds to HMI Prison’s report on Feltham prison

SCYJ has responded to HMI Prison’s report on Feltham prison, published Friday 30th June. You can read the full response here.

“Children in custody are punished by the loss of their liberty. They should not be further punished by being held in such bad conditions. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, describes parts of the regime at Feltham as ‘deeply troubling’. I would go further and say that the rise in violence, the use of unsanctioned control and restraint techniques on children, and the increasing habit of locking children away in their cells for very long periods of time are evidence of a national scandal. This requires urgent and immediate action from the government.”

SCYJ is seeking new Board Members

SCYJ is looking for two/three new board members, including a new Chair, to join our proactive and committed Board.

We have built an impressive track record as the most influential group advocating for reform of the youth justice system. We promote reform by working together with our members; engaging with politicians, policymakers and practitioners; and generating innovative research.

SCYJ currently has six board members, including: a charity director; a policy expert; a finance expert; a policy campaigner; an academic researcher; and a barrister (who is stepping down). The board is supported by a small staff team.

Please download the job description for more information about the role and how to apply.