‘We are still running around with the same rules, but we are not the same we were 20 years ago’ – Exploring the perceptions of youth justice professionals on Secure Training Centres.

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Abstract

Debates on the incarceration of children in residential settings has been ongoing for decades, with the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child and academic literature (Alston, 1994; Goldstein, Freud and Solnit, 1973; Anglin, 2004) acknowledging that custody is not in the best interest of the child. In England, the Social Services Inspectorate Report (1999) noted problems in placing children in Secure Training Centres and, nearly twenty years later, a BBC Panorama (2016) exposed the abuse of children at the hands of staff in the same Secure Training Centre (BBC, 2016). This paper examines staff' and other professional perceptions as to the purpose and direction of Secure Training Centres, youth custodial environments, through thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with staff members employed in Secure Training Centres and other professionals in the youth justice sector (i.e. Social Workers, Youth Offending Officers and Managers). It seeks to identify perceptions on the purpose and challenge of Secure Training Centres in supporting children who have experiences adverse circumstances resulting in trauma. It illustrates the need for embedding trauma-informed ‘Child First’ approaches in Secure Training Centres, and youth custodial environments globally, to enable staff to adequately support children to build empowering relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Early online date17 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

DOI: 10.1080/0886571X.2022.2038340

Keywords

  • Custody
  • Staff
  • Child First
  • Secure Training Centre
  • Criminal justice
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health
  • Law

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