Custody for children should be last resort, argues The Children's Society
The Children’s Society welcomes the report from Ofsted, which highlights the serious problems within the current youth justice system and as a result the damaging effects on children’s well-being and rehabilitation when they are kept in custody. We know from our Good Childhood Inquiry that family relationships are paramount to ensuring children’s well-being and happiness. Children being placed over 200 miles away from their family concerns us greatly. Evidence shows that being so far away negatively impacts on the young person’s happiness and well-being which can lead to a child already suffering feeling more vulnerable, alone and confused.
The Children’s Society has long argued against the use of custody for children, ensuring that it is only ever used as a last resort and that the best interests of the child should always be central to the decisions made about them. This report clearly shows that this is not the case: engagement with families is not properly supported, which in turn impacts on children’s experiences within custody and subsequently their ability to reintegrate back into the community upon release.
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