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Organisations concerned with the welfare of children and young people

This page provides links to like-minded organisations, and further resources.

National Childrens BureauThe National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is a leading charity that for 50 years has been improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable.

NCB works with children and for children, to influence government policy, be a strong voice for young people and practitioners, and provide creative solutions on a range of social issues.

Visit the National Children’s Bureau website for further information.

British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and NeglectBritish Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAM)

BASPCAN is primarily a membership association for professionals and volunteers working in the field of child protection who can demonstrate active participation or interest in the aims of the Association.

It is the only multi-disciplinary association of its kind in the UK, bringing together personnel from all agencies who work in the field with children in need, and with those who are abused and neglected.

Visit the BASPCAN website for further information.

Early Intervention FoundationThe Early Intervention Foundation
The Early Intervention Foundation Champions and supports the greater use of early intervention measures to tackle the root causes of social problems amongst children and young people, from 0-18 years old. The Foundation: Advocates a cultural shift from late to early intervention; Assesses what programmes work – determining the best early interventions available and their relative value for money; Advises local commissioners, service providers & potential investors on the best practical, evidence-based measures for supporting children and families.

Visit the Early Intervention Foundation website for further information.

Childrens Commissioner for EnglandChildren’s Commissioner for England

Promoting the views and best interests of children and young people in England

The Commissioner and her team make sure that adults in charge listen to children and young people. They do this in partnership with others, by bringing children and young people into the heart of the decision-making process to increase understanding of their best interests.

Visit the Children’s Commissioner for England website for further information.

Child and Family TrainingChild & Family Training

Child & Family Training is an organisation working to promote evidence-based assessments and interventions with children and families.

The assessment tools and training courses are designed for professionals in health, children’s social care, education, the police and voluntary organisations who work with children and families.

Visit the Child & Family Training website for further information.

The Lucy Faithfull FoundationThe Lucy Faithfull Foundation

UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused.

The foundation works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on their expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the foundation offer a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public.

Visit the The Lucy Faithfull Foundation website for further information.

Just for Kids LawJust for Kids Law

Just for Kids Law was founded in 2006 based on the experiences of the founding directors, Shauneen Lambe and Aika Stephenson, who were working as legal aid lawyers and representing children in criminal courts.

In their extensive work with vulnerable children they found an environment that failed to take an all-encompassing view of the needs of the child/young person. The vision driving Just for Kids Law is not just about keeping children out of prison but keeping them out of the youth justice system.

We envisage a society where children are seen for the good in them, not judged by the bad; where all children are able to reach their potential irrelevant of class, race or gender.

Visit the the Just for Kids Law website for further information.

Youth Justice Legal Centre logoYouth Justice Legal Centre

The Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC) has been set up by the charity Just for Kids Law to provide much-needed legally accurate information about youth justice law.

YJLC is a website providing information about youth justice law for lawyers, professionals and young people, their families and carers.

Visit the website for further information.

National Centre for Therapeutic Residential Foster CareThe National Centre for Therapeutic, Residential & Foster Care

Transforming Troubled Lives Together – The National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care aims to share knowledge about therapeutic residential and foster care for children and young people, and to support the use of reflective practice and research, in order to improve service quality, and ensure excellent outcomes.

Find out more on the website.

The Mulberry Bush SchoolThe Mulberry Bush School

By improving the life chances and social inclusion of traumatised children and young people, we create a long-term benefit to society by reducing their anti-social behaviour and its impact on families, schools and communities.

Visit the website for further information.

Howard League for Penal Reform logoHoward League for Penal Reform
The Howard League is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities, fewer people in prison. Our current campaigns include:
Transform Prisons – our work to change prisons
Children and Policing – our campaign to reduce the criminalisation of children
Women in the Penal System – our work to help women in trouble with the law

Visit the website for further information.

Prison Reform Trust logoPrison Reform Trust
The state of our prisons is a fair measure of the state of our society. The Prison Reform Trust works to ensure our prisons are just, humane and effective.

Visit the website for further information.

Centre for Justice Innovation logoCentre for Justice Innovation
The Centre for Justice Innovation works to reform the justice system through research, policy and practice development. Our mission is to seek to build a justice system that is and feels fair, that holds people accountable and which address the underlying problems which bring people into contact with it.

Visit the website for further information.

National Association for Youth Justice logoNational Association for Youth Justice
The National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ) is the only membership organisation which exclusively campaigns for the rights of and justice for children and young people in trouble with the law. NAYJ seeks to promote the welfare of children and young people in the Youth Justice system in England by campaigning, lobbying, publishing practice and policy papers and providing training events and conferences.

Visit the website for further information.

Bar Standards Board logoBar Standards Board
The Bar Standards Board regulates barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest.

Visit the website for further information.

Solicitors Regulation Authority logoSolicitors’ Regulation Authority
The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) is the regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales. We regulate more than 130,000 solicitors in England and Wales. Our purpose is to protect the public by: ensuring that solicitors meet high standards, and by acting when risks are identified.

Visit the website for further information.

Triangle LogoTriangle
Triangle provides skilled support for children and young people in different settings including legal proceedings and enables children’s communication when it matters most, for example when children or young people’s evidence is required by the courts, when their views are needed to inform decisions about their lives, and when adults are trying to understand and respond to concerning behaviours.

Triangle is an independent organisation; not part of any government department, charity or voluntary agency.

Visit the website for further information.

Standing Committee for Youth JusticeStanding Committee for Youth Justice
The Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) is a membership body campaigning for a better youth justice system. We pool the expertise of our members to work on issues surrounding children in trouble with the law. Our work focuses on policy and legislation affecting all aspects of the youth justice system and young people caught up in it – from policing to resettlement.

We advocate a child-focused youth justice system that promotes the integration of children in trouble with the law into society and tackles the underlying causes of offending. Such a system would serve the best interests of the children themselves and the community at large.

Visit the website for further information.

Supporting Relationships and Families (SRF) Supporting Relationships and Families (SRF)
Supporting Relationships and Families (SRF) was founded in 1999 by Dr Elaine Arnold and a group of African-Caribbean women who had experienced broken attachments as children through the loss of parents emigrating to the UK. SRF is a membership organisation, dedicated to raising awareness of the long-lasting traumatic effects on the emotional well-being of young children and families who have experienced broken attachments, separation and loss. These circumstances may include separation through fostering/adoption, residential care, bereavement, family breakdown, boarding school and refugee/asylum status.

We also aim to highlight the need for sensitive counselling and therapeutic services to break the circle of insecure attachments, and the inter-generational nature of attachment patterns in families. We aim to educate through workshops, seminars, conferences, mentoring and consultations. SRF utilizes different psychotherapeutic and counselling approaches. We welcome people from all backgrounds who have suffered loss.

Visit the website for further information.

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA)The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) logo
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) has developed authoritative and very practical guidance for advocates conducting criminal cases involving children and young people. The materials comprise five guides and a film.

Visit: http:www.icca.ac.uk/youth-justice-advocacy to access the freely available materials.

The guides (available here), and the animation combine to simplify this specialist area of practice, ensuring that advocates are better equipped to deal with law, procedure, communication and engagement.

ICCA is internationally recognised for its development of education and training for the Bar and the wider profession. The College’s main functions are to provide leadership, guidance and coordination in relation to the pursuit of excellence in advocacy..

Visit the website for further information.

Prevention ActionPrevention Action
Prevention Action is an online news publication reporting internationally on innovation and effectiveness among programs for improving children’s health and development.

Prevention Action is primarily concerned with efforts to prevent or address impairments to children’s health or development and to promote children’s well-being. The focus of the website extends to physical, behavioral, emotional, social and intellectual development, incorporating attempts to prevent violence, crime and school failure, as well as physical and mental illness. It investigates the potential causes of impairments to children’s health and development, such as poverty, poor housing, genes and gene-environment interactions, and family dysfunction.

Prevention Action is also interested in public policy, professional practice and public behavior that bears on the success of prevention, for example in architecture, environmental design and community action.

Visit the website for further information.

Transform JusticeTransform Justice
Transform Justice is a national charity working for a fair, humane, open and effective justice system.

Transform Justice was set up in 2012 by Penelope Gibbs, a former magistrate who had worked (successfully) to reduce child and youth imprisonment in the UK. The charity will help create a better justice system in the UK, a system which is fairer, more open, more humane and more effective.

Transform Justice will enhance the system through promoting change – by generating research and evidence to show how the system works and how it could be improved, and by persuading the public to support those changes and practitioners and politicians to make them.

Visit the website for further information.

Institute for Criminal Policy ResearchThe Institute for Criminal Policy Research
The Institute for Criminal Policy Research carries out multidisciplinary research into crime and the criminal justice system. We produce work which is independent, and objective and of the highest technical quality.

Our key audiences are politicians and their advisors, managers and practitioners within the criminal justice system and other professionals working with offenders. Our research approaches incorporate both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Visit the website for further information.

Paul Hamlyn FoundationPaul Hamlyn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987 and it is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

Visit the website for further information.

British Association of Social WorkersBritish Association of Social Workers
British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is the largest professional association for social work in the UK, with offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We’re here to promote the best possible social work services for all people who may need them, while also securing the well being of social workers.

Visit the website for further information.

The Department for EducationThe Department for Education
The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. The department is also home to the Government Equalities Office. We work to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

Visit the website for further information.