PET welcomes Taylor recommendations on youth justice

12 Dec 2016

Today (12 December) the government published Charlie Taylor’s review of the youth justice system and issued the following response.

Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners’ Education Trust, says:

“The Taylor Review makes a powerful case for radically rethinking our approach the youth justice system, a key part of which is putting education at its heart. PET welcomes the government’s positive steps towards Taylor’s vision, including the decision to give governors more control over education provision; the piloting of two Secure Schools; and the promise to support all young people into education, training or employment after release. These will all be vital in helping children to move away from crime and fulfil their potential.  

“PET has argued that trusting relationships between staff and young people in custody are key. The government’s pledges to increase staff by 20%, establish a Youth Justice Officer role and roll out more specialist support units are all positive moves towards a more effective Young People’s Estate.

“Charlie Taylor has put forward a radical, holistic approach and we welcome the positive steps towards this in the government’s response.  We hope the government will build on these to engage with Taylor’s wider vision of local devolution, educational aspiration and true multi-agency integration around the needs of individual young people.”

Notes to editors

  • In September, PET published its report on education in the youth justice system, which made 10 recommendations and called for the government to publish Taylor’s review. The report, Great Expectations, is available here
  • Since 1989, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) has supported prisoners to engage in rehabilitation through learning. The charity does this by providing advice and funding for over 2,000 people per year for distance learning courses in subjects and levels not generally available in prisons. PET also carries out research, informed by prisoner learners, to improve prison education policies.
  • A report by the MoJ shows that prisoners helped by PET reoffend 6 to 8 percentage points less than a matched control group. Analysis by Pro Bono Economics shows that it would only take a one percentage point reduction in reoffending to be the result of that support for the benefits to outweigh the costs of the investment.