30 May 2007

Partners in Crime Set Standard for Research Excellence

30 May 2007

A new partnership between The Children's Society and King's College London promises to set the standard in research expertise on youth justice.

The Children's Society and King’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) have teamed up to focus on further developing the charity's evaluation strategy for its pioneering youth justice work. The partnership brief will include a study on young people’s views of anti-social behaviour to ensure their experiences are more clearly represented in public debate.

The Children's Society has a range of projects across England working directly with children and young people in trouble with the law. These projects are designed to provide a child-centred response. This is not only effective in helping young people to stay away from crime, but also ensures that society sees and responds to them as children first and not simply as 'criminals-in-waiting'. Based on this practical experience and supported by cutting edge research, The Children's Society continues to set the agenda for service delivery in the youth justice arena.

Gwyther Rees, Assistant Director for Research at The Children's Society, said: 'ICPR is highly regarded for its expertise on youth justice. This academic partnership will ensure future research and evaluation practice at The Children's Society continues to benefit from the highest level of independent validation and credibility that is essential to supporting highly innovative work in this sector'.

ICPR carries out multidisciplinary research into crime and the criminal justice system, producing work that is independent, objective and of high technical quality. Key audiences of ICPR include managers and practitioners within the criminal justice system, other professionals working with offenders, politicians and their advisors.

Mike Hough, Professor of Criminal Policy at the King’s College London School of Law and Director of ICPR, said: 'The Institute and The Children's Society share many similar values concerning youth justice, and this partnership is a great opportunity to collaborate on really valuable research and evaluation work.'

Notes to Editors:

1. The Children's Society is a leading national charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. We provide vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their daily lives; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else. Our network of projects helps over 50,000 children and their families each year. Through our pioneering research and influential campaigning, we defend, safeguard and protect the childhood of all children. For more information visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk.

2. The Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) was set up in late 2003 as a new research centre within the School of Law at King’s College London. ICPR has established itself as one of the major centres in Britain for empirical research on crime and the criminal justice system. Directed by Professor Mike Hough, the Institute was previously based at South Bank University. The Institute currently has a staff of fifteen. For more information, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/icpr