‘Punishing Abuse’ Report -Dr Chard (March 2021)

Summary:  Attached is the link of the punishing abuse report which looks at the lives of 80 children that are involved in the criminal justice system. 




The Punishing Abuse report was commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

The report provides a number of recommendations and proposals that focus on implementing a system-wide change to how public organisations support disadvantaged children who have experienced adversity, abuse, loss and trauma.

The report argues that a number of children in the youth justice system are being punished as a consequence of the impact on their behaviours of their early abuse and loss.