The Foundation’s Future Plans
On conclusion of the five year conference plan, and mindful of the difficulty of organising conferences, in 2011 the Foundation established criteria to provide a basis for its ongoing plan.
a) The Foundation has historical knowledge and emotional capital in the issue;
b) There is a reasonable likelihood of a successful outcome resulting in concrete findings or recommendations, which can be promoted e.g. by Parliamentary Briefing;
c) The Foundation will look to work in partnership with other organisations in order to capitalise on its reputation for promoting important conferences, as well as its resources for administration, networking and organisation. The Foundation would offer internal expertise on specific subject matter, database pooling, assistance in Parliamentary promotion where appropriate and subsidy or underwriting.
New challenges confront the Foundation
Whilst the imprisonment of children and young people under 18 has reduced by a third in the last three years, the UK still imprisons more of this age group than any other Western European country.
Many of these children and young people have suffered family breakdown, abuse, poor housing, poor education, mental health problems and substance abuse. Three-quarters of imprisoned young men re-offend within two years of release.
The Foundation continues to promote the recommendations of five consecutive conferences, on preventing offending and other improvements to the youth justice system, particularly to bring closer together the criminal (youth court) and welfare (family court) jurisdictions.