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An Inquiry by Parliamentarians into the operation and effectiveness of the youth justice system

Call for evidence - September 2013

A Parliamentarians’ Inquiry has been set up under the chairmanship of Lord Alex Carlile QC, to investigate the operation and effectiveness of the youth justice system, including the experiences of young people. Lord Carlile will be assisted by a cross-party panel of six other parliamentarians. These are: Robert Buckland MP, Lord Bach, Baroness Greengross, Baroness Lane-Fox, Sarah Teather MP and Angela Watkinson MP. The inquiry is supported by the Michael Sieff Foundation and the National Children’s Bureau

The inquiry has been prompted by long-held and growing concerns that criminal courts do not, in their current form, offer the most effective means of dealing with young offenders. The inquiry will start sitting in the autumn of 2013 and publish its report in spring 2014. Organisations and individuals are invited to make written evidence submissions, focussed on the terms of reference. The deadline for such submissions is November 18th 2013. A number of oral evidence hearings will also be convened in late 2013 and early 2014.

Further information and view or download The Official Call for Evidence document here.

Submission to the Carlile Inquiry

A Submission to the Carlile Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the Youth Justice system, from The Michael Sieff Foundation was made on 15 October 2013 - read more here.


The Michael Sieff Foundation is a registered charity which has been at work since 1987. The Foundation is dedicated to improving policy and practice for the well-being of children and young people.

The Foundation achieves these objectives by bringing together people with wide ranging responsibilities for vulnerable children and young people, resulting in action being taken in practical ways. Since research shows the best outcomes for children depends on multi-disciplinary work, the Foundation encourages multi-agency collaboration. The website provides a resource for the holding of material presented at its conferences and seminars, with links to other like-minded organisations.

Since 1987 the Foundation has made a significant contribution to policy and practice in the sphere of child protection, the social re-integration of young offenders, combating cross border paedophile activity, improving the conditions for children giving evidence in court, work with early years' children and the welfare of children in primary schools. Currently the Foundation is sponsoring a Parliamentarians' Inquiry into the Youth Justice system.

The Foundation's achievements are often the successful adoption by others, both central and local government, of new initiatives arising from our conferences and seminars.

The Foundation will consider promoting and sponsoring with other funding bodies collaboration on matters of policy development and implementation of issues relating to children and young people. It is not a grant making body.

October 2013
Youth Court to acquire Family Court Powers?
We are in discussions with The Ministry of Justice about extending the powers of the Youth Court to give it the same powers as are available to the family court to direct a Local Authority to report to the court.
Read our full position paper here

Eradicating Child Maltreatment Interventions with Children & Families - Policy & Practice
Conference on 9 November 2012 Organised by Michael Sieff Foundation, Child & Family Training, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
For pdf presentations see here

A synopsis of the Parliamentary Briefing on 26 Feb. 2013,
see here

Young Defendants' Working Group Action Plan 2012
The Foundation's Young Defendants' Working Group has published an Action Plan for 2012.
View the action plan here

Submission to the Law Commission on: Unfitness to Plead for Child Defendants,
27 January 2011 -

Youth Justice
1908 - 2008: The Children Act 100 years on young defendants today
The papers from this conference held on 28 April 2009 are available - here

Conference Reports
from 1986 to 2010

The website contains conference reports and recommendations from all the conferences held since 1986 to September 2010 - here

The Michael Sieff Foundation - Working Together for Children's Welfare: Encouraging Multi-Agency Collaboration, Improving Child Protection Policy & Practice
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