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Programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care

Information on the Howard League's work with children in residential care.

City police officers on the beat on Bethnal Green Road, London, England, UK

The Howard League is undertaking a two-year programme of work to end the criminalisation of children living in residential care. The work is supported by an advisory board.

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 have now launched a blog on the project which you can read here.

News releases

Howard League report explores policing of children’s homes

Criminalisation of children in care should be a “national concern”

Howard League launches Programme to End the Criminalisation of Children in Residential Care


A call for written evidence was held in early 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



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