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Unicef UK: a Rights-Based Analysis of Youth Justice in the UK

This report represents Unicef UK’s first examination of youth justice issues to date and offers a series of recommendations outlining the changes Unicef UK believes are required to ensure that the rights of children who are in contact with the law are properly protected and upheld.

The report undertakes a rights-based literature review of youth justice process and practice in Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Jersey – which is supplemented by the views of children and young people and key stakeholders.

The report identifies examples of innovation and progress in each of these locations, but also draws critical attention to areas of concern where currently children’s rights are not sufficiently upheld or could be enhanced further.

The report praises the “innovative blueprint” offered by the Alliance of Sport’s Levelling the Playing Field project in efforts to tackle over-representation in the Youth Justice System.

Download the full Unicef UK report below.

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