Rehabilitation rather than punishment must be at the heart of youth justice

The Government has announced its plans for the future of youth custody. But more needs to be done to put children’s human rights at the heart of the criminal justice system. A more ambitious and radical approach is needed to improve outcomes for children in the criminal justice system and set them on a better path, says the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE).

“Any new system of custody should take a holistic approach which recognises that children in prison have a range of complex needs beyond education – needs that are also basic human rights,” said Paola Uccellari, Director of CRAE.

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