"I’ve worked in probation for a long time. It has never been perfect, but before then-justice secretary Chris Grayling got his hands on it, it was said to be a high-performing public service. Now, though, it is difficult to believe what a complete mess it is in.
I work in a community rehabilitation company (CRC), one of 21 private sector firms working with so-called medium- and low-risk clients. Many people are on my caseload because of domestic violence, and there are often concerns about the impact on their children. Most have alcohol, drug or mental health issues. It’s always been a worrying job."
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What to do with a problem like Youth Justice….
A version of this article first appeared in TES in September 2017 and argues that the current state of Youth Custody makes the need to develop new approaches to Youth Justice more urgent than ever. It says that the Government’s intention to place education at the heart of youth justice is right, but action to deliver this is taking too long. It highlights work being taken forward by the Campus Educational Trust replicating the Virtual Head Teacher function for Looked after Children to Young Offenders and suggests that this could provide a quicker impact at a lower cost than Secure Schools.
Surge in prison population shows that urgent reform is needed
Letters to The Guardian... Nick Moss thinks the government should promote non-custodial alternatives to prison, Penelope Gibbs calls for a moratorium on any new court reforms or sentencing guidelines, while Howard Thomas and Kate Paradine focus on reducing reoffending