Great Expectations: towards better learning outcomes for young people and young adults in custody

Published: Sep 2016

Clare Taylor

Published as the sector awaits Charlie Taylor's review of the youth justice system, this report looks at the educational opportunities for young people in custody.

The report makes ten recommendations, starting from the premise that custody should be a last resort and that further reductions to both young people and young adults in custody need to be a clear policy goal. However once in custody,
despite some reported improvements in resettlement support and hours spent in education for young people, much more could still be done to develop a culture of learning and aspiration.

Time and again, the importance of relationships, effective engagement and transitions came up. We look forward to working with the new Justice Secretary and ministerial team to realise these ‘great expectations’.