Accessing Local Youth Justice Services (2016)

Summary:  A research report presenting evidence to demonstrate the complexities of childrens’ journies to attend youth justice appoimtments.



Currently, there are gap in knowledge about the context of convicted child's youth justice journey making and its treatment. Youth justice orders can break down as a result of absence. For example, attendance for some youth justice appointments can be as low as 50%, with over 20% of orders breaking down in some locations. This study adds to the evidence base on these topics by:

  • considering children’s youth justice access using eight different journey making features;
  • describing the impact of informal support by practitioners responding to young people’s accessibility problems;
  • assessing whether children’s social inequalities are being inadvertently (re)produced, as an unintended consequence of youth justice journey making; and
  • evaluating whether such mobile contexts could be of benefit to the design and delivery of youth justice policy and practice.

Attached is an information leaflet which covers the findings and implications from the study and a short report submitted to the review of the youth justice system, chaired by Charlie Taylor.