The Howard League | Programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care

News releases More focus needed to protect children in residential care from ‘county lines’ criminal exploitation Guide to help lawyers advocate for looked-after children at the police station Howard League research finds children’s homes calling the police 200 times a year ‘This is our story’: Children and young people describe how they were criminalised whileContinue reading “The Howard League | Programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care”

My story from child in care to social worker

Ian Dickson is a retired care experienced social worker with a background in residential care with adolescent young people and regulation.  For the Howard League for Penal Reform, February 2019 It was interesting to read of the Howard League’s work on challenging the criminalisation of children in the residential care system, bringing back many childhoodContinue reading “My story from child in care to social worker”

The Howard League | Going missing from residential care

Howard League for Penal reform briefing This is our story: Children and young people on criminalisation in residential care Samantha (not her real name) talked about how she had regularly gone missing from care and how it felt when no-one seemed to care why she was running away. A 19-year-old care leaver wrote about herContinue reading “The Howard League | Going missing from residential care”

Finding out more about children in England detained in the secure estate | Children’s Commissioner for England

Finding out more about children in England detained in the secure estate | Children’s Commissioner for England

The rising cost of residential care and lack of government oversight

Claire Sands writing for the Howard League for Penal Reform in January 2019 The National Audit Office (NAO) published a report on Pressures on children’s social care. It was produced against the backdrop of increasing strain on finances and services, particularly children’s services, that local authorities have been experiencing. It set out to examine recentContinue reading “The rising cost of residential care and lack of government oversight”

The Howard League | Australian data shows high rate of criminalisation among children in residential care

Australian data shows high rate of criminalisation among children in residential care Earlier in the year Andrew blogged about some research from New South Wales, Australia, on the criminalisation of children in residential care. It showed that concerns in England and Wales are shared in other jurisdictions – something we also discovered in Scotland. NowContinue reading “The Howard League | Australian data shows high rate of criminalisation among children in residential care”

Children in children’s homes are being criminalised at excessively high rates compared to other children.

The structure of the children’s homes ‘market’ in England means that ultimate responsibility for tackling this problem lies with the large private companies who own the majority of homes and with local authorities who are the corporate parents.The Howard League has identified some core principles that can help protect children from criminalisation. These principles areContinue reading “Children in children’s homes are being criminalised at excessively high rates compared to other children.”