The MoJ has today published their response to the Lammy Review, which can be viewed here.

CET welcome the vision document compiled for the Secretary of State by the MoJ Secure Schools project team, part of the MoJ’s Offender Reform and Commissioning Group.  Campus welcome our involvement in the thinking and development of this vision and see  ourselves as part of the spectrum of provision linking secure and community provisions.
At the heart of our vision are our desired outcomes/targets
  • Educational attainment and progression
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Reducing offending

Andrew Morley, CET Chair

We welcome David Lammy’s report.  It confirms what many working in and around the criminal justice system have suspected about discrimination and bias; but his analysis, and critically his recommendations, provide the basis for action.  The Campus works with young people who have had contact with the criminal justice system and have for some time championed the role of education in providing young people with the opportunities and skills to break away from offending.  We are therefore particularly interested in the recommendation around deferring prosecutions to allow for an intervention.  David is to be congratulated for his work on this and we call on Government to action his recommendations.

Andrew Morley, Chair, Campus Educational Trust

The full report is available here.

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.

Read the full article here

 

The Campus Educational Trust (CET) welcomes the Government’s commitment to place education at the heart of the Youth Justice System and is grateful to Charlie Taylor for engaging the Trust as part of his review.

The CET has long made the case that education can be transformational for some young people in helping them break with their offending behavior and provide the opportunities to improve their life chances.

We will follow the development of the Secure Schools with interest and whilst recognizing the challenges stand by to support this by sharing the experience we have gained in developing the Campus Model.

Andrew Morley, Chair of the Campus Educational Trust commenting on the Secure Schools proposal said:

‘We welcome the focus on education but any education provision in custody, including the proposed Secure Schools, has to be seen in the context of the young person’s educational career.

Continuity of provision and effective handover to and from custodial educators will be essential in supporting and maintaining any progress made whilst in custody.

The Campus could play a key role in providing this continuity by providing step down provision for young people coming out of Secure Schools.’

The developing consensus around the importance of education in youth justice provides a real opportunity to make progress in reducing the high rates of youth reoffending.

The CET looks forward to working with local and national partners in bringing about a vision of better life chances for those young people in contact with the justice system who do not have settled education or training placements.

This will not only make our communities safer but also provide opportunities for young people who in many cases have been left behind in educational and well-being measures.

ENDS

Contacts:

Andrew Morley, Chair of CET – Andrew.morley@campuseducationaltrust.org

Graham Robb, Executive Director of CET – graham.robb@campuseducationaltrust.org