Children/Young People- Journey Into Further Education: What are the challenges they face? Podcast – Harrow youth justice service (June 2021)


Harrow youth justice service have shared their co-created podcast, with Prospect Career Service which explores the challenges faced by children and institutions through the world of further education.


Harrow youth justice service, together with Prospect Career Service have produced a podcast, that explores the relationship between education and impact on children/young people- desistance journey. The podcast looks to consider if further education and training institutions are providing children/young people in the youth justice system consistent and fair access to post-16 education.

The podcast features the following:

  • Part one: podcast host examining the roles and responsibilities of further education providers (start of podcast)
  • Part two: Harrow Law Centre – overview of law and criminal conviction declaration (22:30 minutes)
  • Part three: colleges sharing their protocols and practices in regard to admission (28:11 minutes)
  • Part four: young person- voice – young people with convictions share their experience of accessing further education (41:40 minutes)

Harrow youth justice service have shared that creating the podcast offered the opportunity to give a voice to organisations involved in supporting children/young people into further education. It further allowed for healthy and progressive debate.

The podcast can be utilised in many ways, from supporting organisations to consider their own procedures for training purposes to challenging the status quo. It can also be used to examine whether a child/young person is receiving consistent and fair treatment from further education providers, whilst also bringing attention to the importance of collaborative working between organisations.

Finally, the podcast may also be used by youth justice services to consider how much support is given to children/young people regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law.


Youth justice service:Harrow youth justice service 
Name: Ryan Simon
Partner organisation: Prospects Careers Service
Name: Rachel Danso