Scheduled to consider options for policy following the response to Charlie Taylor’s Review of the Youth Justice System - which set out proposals to review governance frameworks and establish two new pilot ‘secure schools’ - this seminar examined the future of youth justice services in England and Wales.
It followed the findings and recommendations of the Youth Custody Improvement Board and focused on what more can be done to improve the outcomes of young offenders, with discussion on the commissioning of education and health in custody, the future role of custodial staff in rehabilitation, as well as the anticipated impact of the ‘secure schools’ pilot.
Delegates also discussed the impact of changes to sentencing guidelines on the number of young offenders entering custody, as well as the future of the monitoring and accountability framework after both the Taylor review and the YCIB report cited concerns over cooperation between key agencies.
Further sessions focused on how youth offending teams can improve rehabilitation outcomes of young offenders by meeting the resettlement needs of those transitioning from custody to community - particularly through the further integration of these teams with local health and social care services.
The conference brought together key policymakers with a range of stakeholders, including members of UK and devolved legislatures, senior officials from the MoJ, HMPPS and other relevant Departments, as well as YOI governors and staff representatives, YOTs and local government officials, service and outsourcing providers, charities, employers, training providers, lawyers, health practitioners and service-user networks, and further stakeholders across the criminal justice system, as well as academics and reporters from the national and trade press.