Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour

The Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour

The Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour, chaired by Anthony Salz, published its report Time for a fresh start / Amser am gychwyn newydd in the summer of 2010. This provides a strategic blueprint for reform of the way society responds to offending and other antisocial behaviour by children and young people.

With continued funding from the Nuffield Foundation the Commission continued to campaign for its proposals and to organise associated conferences and events until the end of 2011. This formal phase of its work has now concluded. An assessment  by Anthony Salz of the progress that has been made towards reform can be found on the News and Blog section of this website.

Time for a fresh start calls for a new and principled framework for youth justice in England and Wales that would better protect the public, while restoring confidence in a system that is little trusted. It proposes:

  • An end to the wasteful and ineffective use of custody for children and young people who pose no danger to the public or themselves
  • The use of demanding restorative justice  methods  to reduce reoffending while delivering better justice for the victims of crime
  • Investment in early help for children with chronic behaviour problems to cut the later costs of offending

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Who are we?



The Commission is chaired by Anthony Salz, the Executive Vice-Chairman of Rothschild who was formerly senior partner at the London law firm, Freshfields.

It is organised by the Police Foundation, was funded from 2008 to 2011 by the Nuffield Foundation.

Click here to download the Commission's report Time for a fresh start / Amser am gychwyn newydd.

To read about our consultations and engagement with children and young people click here.

To read a summary of the responses the Commission received to its consultation document click here.


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