An Inquiry by Parliamentarians into the operation and effectiveness
of the youth justice system
The Inquiry reported on 19 June 2014
The full Report can be found here.
The Full Press Release and Recommendations can be viewed online
A Parliamentarians’ Inquiry was 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 were: Robert Buckland MP, Lord
Bach, Baroness Greengross, Baroness Lane-Fox, Sarah Teather MP and
Angela Watkinson MP. The inquiry was supported by the Michael Sieff
Foundation and the National Children’s Bureau
The inquiry was 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 started sitting
in the autumn of 2013 and published its report on 19 June 2014.
Organisations and individuals were invited to make written evidence
submissions, focussed on the terms of reference. The deadline for
such submissions was November 18th 2013. A number of oral evidence
hearings were also convened in late 2013 and early 2014.
Further information and view or download The Official Call for Evidence
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
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
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
The Department for Education's (DfE) Consultation Paper: "Powers
to delegate children's social care functions"
In three brief pages issued
in a Consultation Paper on 17 April 2014 the Government is
setting the ground for a radical change of local government
responsibilities for their work with children and young people.
For such a major policy development the consultation period
of six weeks, ending on 30 May, is unacceptably short.
Read our full response here
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,
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 -
1908 - 2008: The Children Act 100
years on young defendants today
The papers from this conference held on 28 April 2009 are
available - here
from 1986 to 2010
The website contains conference reports and recommendations
from all the conferences held since 1986 to September 2010