Outcome 22: are the police utilising this important diversionary tool or leaving it on the shelf?
The report makes practical recommendations to reduce BAME disproportionality in the Youth Justice System (YJS) of England and Wales.
The report makes 45 recommendations aiming to eradicate, and if not, reduce, the bias and misperception that pervades the YJS. We make the case for a child-first approach, with sources of discrimination addressed through changes to policy, culture, and practices. These include: e.g.:
The fact that the youth justice system is failing BAME children is unfortunately not news.
While no one report can undo years of structural racism, we hope to support the continued efforts of communities seeking equal justice. It is the responsibility of the system, not the children, to change.
The focus of our work here has been the experiences of BAME (which includes Gypsy Roma Traveller) children in the youth justice system, as this represents an area where racial disparities are at their most severe and most impactful. For many, childhood experiences of the youth justice system represent the start of a life-long series of negative interactions. It is this cycle of criminalisation we wish to interrupt. Each recommendation, if implemented, would have a positive effect in reducing the number of BAME children in our youth justice system and the disproportionate outcomes which are currently so evident
You can read the full report and our recommendations on the JUSTICE website.
Sandra Paul is a Partner in our Criminal Litigation team. She has a wealth of experience in criminal and related litigation. The majority of her work concerns defending allegations of sexual misconduct. She works with clients in the UK and abroad, including allegations following the #MeToo campaign.
She has a particular passion and aptitude for working with children and young adults, navigating them safely through the youth justice system. Youth crime is a specialist area in which Sandra is a leader in her field.
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