Custody fears for children on remand

11th June 1999 at 01:00
CHILDREN as young as 12 could now be locked up while they are waiting for their case to come up in court.

Prison reformers fear that too many will be sent to secure local authority units when they really need support or fostering in the community.

The new powers came into force last Tuesday under the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act, a year earlier than other measures designed to keep young offenders out of prison.

Next year bail support schemes, funded with pound;13 million from the Home Office, will give courts more options to help young offenders. The schemes will be based on best practice from four projects piloted by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders in Newcastle, Bradford, Bristol and three inner London boroughs which began earlier this week.

Chris Stanley, head of NACRO's youth crime section said the "community remands", supported by pound;850,000 from the Charities Lottery Board, were aimed at more serious young offenders.

The schemes would involve mentoring, education, preparing them for trial and "plugging them into the community".

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now