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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Good practice in reducing child arrests in Dyfed-Powys
There have been huge reductions in child arrests over the last ten years. In this blog, Claire Sands looks at how initiatives in Dyfed-Powys, including work with residential children's homes, have contributed to sustained low levels of child arrests in that area.  Read more
A ‘broken’ market is failing children in care
Andrew Neilson on the urgent need to address market failings in the provision of children's social care.  Read more
Good policing practice in Norfolk
Claire Sands and Inspector Julia Sandell of Norfolk Police look at inter-agency working.  Read more
New ‘Children in care and care leavers’ category announced for Howard League Community Awards 2020
New 'Children in care and care leavers' category announced for Howard League Community Awards 2020. Deadline for entries: 21 July 2020.  Read more
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