T2A News Flash – HoC Justice Select Committee announces major inquiry into young adults in the CJS

T2A T2A News Flash – HoC Justice Select Committee announces major inquiry into young adults in the CJS:

T2A is very pleased to report that the House of Commons Justice Select Committee has announced a major Inquiry on young adults in the criminal justice system: http://bit.ly/1IinwPW   This is a once in a generation opportunity for T2A’s young adult agenda to progress towards a systematic implementation.  Read the rest of the article at:

T2A news flash

YSS were involved in a 5 year Transition to Adulthood (T2A) project which was funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust to work with young adults in the criminal justice system .  

The notion that somebody wakes up on their 18th birthday and becomes “an adult” and thinks and acts like an adult is ludicrous ( those of us with children this age will so know!) , yet many of our systems and processes adopt this approach to the detriment of many young people, particularly those who are vulnerable .

 Barrow Cadbury have been lobbying for a distinct approach in dealing with 18 -24 year olds in the criminal justice system for a number of years and have commissioned many experts to build up a strong case for why this should be, including leading neurologists explaining that the brain doesn’t fully mature until the age of 25 (particularly the bit about decision making and consequential thinking).

If you are interested in reading more about this , visit the T2A website where all the research is published: www.t2a.org.uk

Although this is specifically targeted at those in the criminal justice system, it relates to very many other areas where reaching 18 can mean a drastic change in thresholds, services available and accessibility to appropriate services such as  mental health ( CAMHS and AMHS) , young carers ( we have a young adult carers project specifically working with 18 -24 yr olds on the back of the evidence gained from T2A) , and safeguarding .  

 

 

 

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