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Children and Young People Now on our work in the youth estate


CYP NOW: The graduates hoping to transform youth custody

Children and Young People Now included a feature on work  in the youth estate – including first-hand accounts from two of our prison officers:

Unlocked Graduates is a training scheme designed to get more talented people working in prisons. Two of the first participants to enter the youth secure estate share their experiences with CYP Now.

The abuse scandal at Medway Secure Training Centre has brought standards in youth custody into sharp focus. The case raised questions over whether youth justice professionals have the right skills to deal with the needs of young people in
custody today.

On the one hand, youth custody is a success story of the past decade – the development of
effective alternatives to incarceration for dealing with offending has seen the number of children and young people in the secure estate fall by more than 70 per cent since 2008.

Source: Children and Young People Now
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