20 Jan 2011

The Children's Society's Director of Policy, Enver Solomon, said:

'The decline in the number of children getting caught up in the youth justice system and ending up in custody is a positive step forward and must continue. But the ongoing excessive use of custodial remand is a wasteful use of valuable resources.'

'There must be a concerted effort to reduce the number of children who are remanded to prison. In many cases these young people are very vulnerable and more of a risk to themselves than the public. What they need is intensive support within clear boundaries to stay out of trouble - not a prison sentence.'

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For further information please contact Lorna Harris from The Children’s Society Media Team on 020 7841 4424 or via Lorna.harris@childrenssociety.org.uk