Work with offenders on a new report by the Alliance for Youth Justice
The exceptional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the youth justice system are documented in a new report published today. The report is actually a literature review which aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the existing policy, practice and research literature about the impacts of COVID-19 on the youth justice system. The review considers the impacts of the pandemic across each stage of the youth justice system, bringing together findings from community-based responses, the courts, and the secure estate.
The report was produced by the Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ), as part of a series of papers that will be published over the life of a new research project examining the Youth Justice System’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The research project is delivered in partnership with the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and funded by UK Research and Innovation.
About the Alliance for Youth Justice
The Alliance for Youth Justice (until recently known as the Standing Committee for Youth Justice) has been in operation since the early 1990s. The AYJ is a coalition of over 70 organisations all committed to improving the youth justice system in England and Wales.
The review looks at the impact of the pandemic in a number of different areas: on children in the community generally; their experiences of policing under lockdown; as well as the experiences of children supervised by the Youth Offending Service, those going through courts (including a focus on virtual justice) and those in custody.
The main conclusions of the review are that:
The AYJ promises that the next stages of the research project are focused on addressing these gaps in knowledge and informing future strategy, policy and practice, in the best interests of children.