Northern Ireland Youth Justice Review
This review was commissioned by Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford and was chaired by our Director John Graham.
Published in September 2011, the A Review of the Youth Justice System in Northern Ireland (849 kb) makes 31 recommendations for changes to the Youth Justice System and wider arrangements for children in Northern Ireland.
Included in the recommendations are proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility; statutory time limits for all youth justice cases and stopping courts sending those under the age of 18 to Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre.
Other proposals include the creation of an early intervention unit and a Ministerial committee, which highlight the need to work in partnership at both a government and statutory footing.
The Review Team comprised John Graham (Director, Police Foundation) as chair, together with Dr Stella Perrott (retired senior official in the Scottish Government) and Kathleen Marshall (formerly Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland).
Watch our Director present the review's findings to the Justice Committee, Northern Ireland.
'The age of criminal responsibility must be raised' letter to the Guardian 5.12.12