Getting young offenders Back on Track

    Recruitment Talk’s sister magazine Community
    Care
    launched a new campaign this month to improve the
    treatment of young offenders in the UK.

    The Back on Track campaign calls for a dramatic reduction in the
    number of children and young people being held in prison and for
    the greater use of community sentences instead.

    It also demands better standards of treatment and rehabilitation
    for young people who offend with respect given to their human
    rights.

    The campaign highlights the results of Community
    Care
    ’s new research. The statistics reveal nearly seven
    in 10 social workers have worked with young offenders who have
    considered or attempted suicide.

    An alarming 81 per cent of respondents have worked with young
    offenders who have harmed themselves while in custody with cutting,
    head banging and scratching being the most common forms of
    self-harm. And 92 per cent believe that custody worsens existing
    mental health problems.

    “There are statistics showing that an overwhelming
    majority of young people who offend have mental health problems or
    turn to crime because they are socially excluded or have gone
    through the trauma of a family breakdown,” says Community
    Care
    editor Mark Ivory.

    “The government is using prison as the solution to youth
    crime but with 80 per cent of young people reoffending within two
    years of release, custody is simply not working. Our survey showed
    that a staggering 92 per cent of social workers who responded
    believed custody was definitely not the best form of
    rehabilitation.”

    For further information on the Back on Track campaign please
    click here.

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