Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour

In 2009 the Police Foundation set up an Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour, chaired by Anthony Salz, Vice Chair of Rothschild and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Members of the Commission included Sir Ken MacDonald, Sir David Varney and Ian McPherson, Chief Constable of Norfolk and the ACPO Business Lead on children and young people.

The Commission undertook a comprehensive review of youth crime and antisocial behaviour, drawing on existing research and statistics, assessing the current statutory and policy framework of responses to the problem and investigating the cost-effectiveness of alternative approaches in this country and abroad. It published its findings, including a blueprint for reform, based on the principles of prevention, restoration and integration, in July 2010. 

Download a copy of the report (1.2mb) or visit the Commission's archived website.

The Independent Commission's work and consultation were showcased on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Listen to the discussion, featuring John Graham, Director of the Police Foundation.

An associated publication, Time for a new hearing also published in 2010 arose from a comparative examination of alternative youth justice hearings and systems in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.

Read John Graham's 2006 article on youth crime prevention.