Our blog on ending the criminalisation of children in residential care
Updates, reflections and young people’s voices.
This blog provides a deeper insight into the issues uncovered in our programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care. It includes contributions from young people who have lived in children’s homes, as well as analysis by researchers.
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Expert guidance published by the Howard League and Garden Court Chambers on keeping children out of custody during the Covid-19 pandemic
Kate Aubrey-Johnson and Laura Janes blog about the Howard League's briefing on Covid-19 and child prisons and a joint guide for criminal defence lawyers on making bail applications for children during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more
New study considers the impact of custody on care-experienced children
Claire Sands blogs about new research offering fresh insights into the factors leading to the over-representation of children in care in child prisons and how their experiences of custody differ from those of their non-looked after peers.  Read more
Victims not criminals: protecting children living in residential care from criminal exploitation
Andrew Neilson flags our latest publication covering child criminal exploitation  Read more
Covid-19 and residential children’s homes
Claire Sands calls for urgent action to be taken now to prepare children’s homes for the impact of the virus.   Read more
Concern grows about the market in children’s residential care
Claire Sands blogs about new financial analysis from the LGA which highlights issues around the dominance of large private companies.   Read more
Latest data shows significant reductions in criminalisation of children in residential care in 2018/19
Data released under a Freedom of Information request shows that work being done to reduce unnecessary criminalisation of children in residential care has had very significant impact.  Read more
Government launches consultation on unregulated accommodation for children
This blog considers the much-needed and long-overdue consultation by the government on unregulated accommodation for children in care.  Read more
Preventing criminalisation through effectively supporting looked-after children leaving prison
A new publication by the Howard League's specialist legal team helps professionals plan and provide support for looked-after children leaving prison to enable rehabilitation and prevent further criminalisation.  Read more
Ofsted Annual Report 2018/19
The latest blog considers Ofsted's Annual Report 2018/19 which highlights the need for national government oversight to ensure that poor placements do not have to be made out of necessity.  Read more
2019 in review
Andrew Neilson takes a look back at the year  Read more