Programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care
Information on the Howard League's work with children in residential care.
The Howard League is undertaking a programme of work to end the criminalisation of children living in residential care. The work is supported by an advisory board.
Prior to launching the programme, the Howard League published an initial scoping briefing in 2016.
The programme’s first briefing was published in July 2017. The briefing paper, which tells the stories of several children supported by the charity, finds that the criminalisation of children in residential care risks compounding a sense of rejection and damaging children’s mental health and emotional well-being.
The second briefing paper, on best practice in policing, was published on 18 December 2017.
We published our third briefing paper on good practice in children’s homes on 16 July 2018.
For further updates, reflections and young people’s voices, visit our blog on the programme.
A call for written evidence was held in 2017. We are still keen to hear from organisations and individuals who work and are in contact with children in residential care. Information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted that our programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care has been shortlisted for the Youth Justice Award as a finalist in the Children & Young People Now Awards 2018.