Academic Symposium 2016


'Challenges and solutions' - Young people and young adults learning in custody and through the gate.

This year Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) were delighted to partner with the Department of Education at London South Bank University for their third symposium, focusing on the learning needs of young people under 18 and young adults both whilst in custody and through the gate. In 2014 PET held its inaugural Academic Symposium at the University of Oxford, which was followed in June 2015 by a second event at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

PET have recently secured funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and John Lyon's Charity to enable us to expand the focus of our policy work on children and young adults. This years academic symposium was an excellent opportunity for PET to gather evidence for this area of work, as well as to use the findings from the day to feed into a briefing document for the Charlie Taylor review into youth justice commissioned by the Ministry of Justice. We were very grateful to have Charlie Taylor address the audience and share his findings to date. We also welcomed a wide range of well respected and leading experts in the field to discuss a range of issues.

Panel 1 - Learning in custody (culture)

Presentation by Caroline Lanskey here

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust report - Correction or care? the use of custody for children in trouble by Dr Di Hart (2015) here

Panel 2 - Learning in custody (quality and inclusion)

Presentation by Dr Nathan Hughes here

Nobody made the connection by Hughes et al (2012) here

  • A summary of Charlie Taylor's speech can be found here
  • A summary of the day's events is available here
  • An insightful account from Mary, the sister of a serving prisoner about the difficulties of transitions between the youth and adult estate is here

We will update this page with more information and findings as they develop. Watch this space!

For more information please contact Clare Taylor, Policy and Research officer at