Back on Track


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Use the link below to send a fax to your MPs’



Youth Justice in Numbers

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Examples of Best Practice

Real Lives – A Child Failed by the System

Background Information

Community Care magazine’s Back on Track
campaign is calling for justice for children and young people in
custody. We need your help.

Overall Campaign Aims
Community Care is campaigning for a dramatic
reduction in the number of children and young people being held in
custody and calling for the greater use of community sentences
instead.  We urge that custody is only ever used as a last resort
and for the shortest possible length of time. For a full list of
the campaigns aims click

How can I get involved?
We want as many people as possible to support the ‘Back on
Track’ campaign. There are many ways you can get involved:

  • Attend the Working with Young
    People at Risk of Offending
    Conference held on
    27th October 2004 at the ORT House Conference
    Centre, London. Click
    for more details.
  • Sign our
  • Contact your MP. Tell
    them that you have heard about our campaign. Ask where they stand
    on the issue of young people in custody. Did they sign Hilton
    Dawson MP’s early day motion (no.1397) supporting the Back on Track
    campaign and voicing concern at the violation of human rights of
    many of the 11,000 young people currently behind bars in the
  • Write to your local paper with details of
    Community Care‘s campaign. This is a great way of starting
    a debate and raising the issue of youth justice with the general
  • Let us know what’s happening in your area.
    Community Care wants to hear about examples of good
    practice (as well as what’s going wrong with the system). Email us
    at or
    write to Community Care, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton,
    Surrey, SM2 5AS.

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