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”

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.”