SCYJ often responds to consultations from government departments and non-departmental public bodies on youth justice issues. We also produce thematic reports and position papers.
Responses to consultations 2013
Response to 'Transforming Youth Custody' Green Paper (April 2013)
Response to YJB Triennial Review (February 2013)
Response to care planning regulations on remands (February 2013)
Responses to consultations 2011 - 2012
Response to the new remand framework for children (YJB/MoJ) (November 2012)
Responses to consultations 2010
Responses to consultations 2008-2009
The responses below are listed in date order (most recent first):
Response to Mayor of London's consultation Time for Action, December 2008
Click here for the SCYJ's letter to the Rt. Hon Nick Herbert MP, Minister of State for Criminal Justice (May 2010 - September 2012) about the problems with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE). Read here for the Minister's response.
Reports and position papers
Click here to read the SCYJ's briefing about Police and Crime Commissioners (November 2012).
SCYJ has recently published Raising the custody threshold (August 2010), which puts forward a proposal to help ensure that custody for children is ever only used as a last resort. SCYJ estimates that this measure could cut the current youth custody population in half and potentially save around £93m per year. A summary of the proposal is also available.
SCYJ has published its latest position paper, Custody for Children: The Impact (February 2010), which sets out the devastating impacts of the overuse of custody for children in England and Wales.
SCYJ's major report on the funding of custody for children. Funding of Custody for Children: Devolving the Budget, published in July 2009, analyses options for reform and recommends that, while an element of central commissioning and placement should be retained, budgets should be devolved, and the most suitable recipient would be Children's Trusts. This should be begun by the allocation of notional budgets with refund/recharge mechanisms, using a formula based on children's aggregate welfare needs. We believe that implementation of this scheme would lead to a substantial reduction in children's custody.
In 2006 SCYJ produced a position paper setting out the state of the system and our recommendations for reform. Click here to read Still Waiting for Youth Justice .
- Young People and the Secure Estate: Needs and Interventions (ICPR, Birkbeck, University of London)
- The Edlington Case: A review by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC
Rules of Engagement: changing the heart of youth justice (Centre for Social Justice)