Roger Grimshaw suggests that new forms of institutional care might offer a way forward for the Justice Matters initiative
The investigations into the actions of Jimmy Savile have prompted anxious reflections about the protection of children in institutions, the Centre's Research Director Dr Roger Grimshaw writes. Beyond individual inquiries, what is needed is an all-embracing policy initiative, based on a government commitment to enduring and comprehensive solutions.
Dr Roger Grimshaw is Research Director at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
My Story tells the stories of childhood trauma and violence experienced by young people convicted of serious acts of violence. Based on in-depth conversations with three young people in prison and presented in their own words, it offers a unique insight into the kind of severe, multiple and prolonged trauma experienced by many who while still children go on to perpetrate serious, violent acts.
This report explores the transition from prison for those with a conviction for a sexual offence, a group that faces and poses considerable challenges in the community after their release. Based on interviews with ex-prisoners, staff and volunteers at a specialist hostel for this group and representatives from local statutory agencies, the report considers three resettlement issues - housing, employment and community reintegration - and explores the dilemmas that arise for professionals involved in the lives of ex-prisoners with a conviction for a sexual offence.
The summary version of detailed research carried out in 2009 on the evidence for effective strategies to tackle knife and gun carrying by young people.
There is little evidence to support police-led interventions to tackle knife violence, research from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has concluded.
Following a comprehensive review of gun and knife crime strategies, conducted for the Children's Commissioner for England, the report - Young people, knives and guns - concludes that a `zero tolerance' approach to weapon possession `is ineffective in reducing crime or changing attitudes' among young people.
Street Weapons Commission: Guns, Knives and Street Violence is a review of the extent and nature of the use of guns and knives in violent crime in five UK cities, commissioned by Channel 4 television for their Street Weapons Commission.