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Young people and young adults

Young adults are disproportionately involved in the Criminal Justice System (CJS), making up one third of the probation service's caseload and almost a third of those sentenced to prison each year.  

Clinks works to support voluntary sector organisations working to combat this disproportionality by promoting the need for a fresh approach to young adults in CJS, through the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) and through a series of resources offering guidance and information.

T2A Alliance

Clinks is one of the founding members of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance. The Alliance is a broad coalition of organisations and individuals which identifies and promotes the need for a distinct and radically different approach to young adults in the CJS; an approach that is proportionate to their maturity and responsive to their specific needs. Read more about the T2A Alliance here, and visit the website here.

Safer Future Communities Youth Charter

A group of young people, supported by Safer Future Communities (SFC) partner National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), have also produced a Youth Charter for police and crime commissioners. The Youth Charter is published online here.

Youth crime statistics

We produced an easy-to-use toolkit to give you access to local statistics and information on crime and reoffending. Youth crime statistics are broken down into the number of arrests made by type of offence, and are viewable nationally and by police force area. You can download the toolkit here and use the tabs at the bottom of the document to find the relevant section.


Effective approaches with young adults: a guide for probation services - The aim of this guide is to give probation practitioners, whether in the National Probation Service or Community Rehabilitation Companies, the tools to deliver a more effective approach to young adults. It provides practical suggestions for effective ways to engage young adults and support their desistance from crime. It also includes suggestions for managers on what they can do to enable practitioners to improve outcomes within probation services.

Integrated Offender Management Cymru - all Wales youth to adult transition model (November 2013) - This report is the result of broad consultation with practitioners accross Wales on the use of IOM for young adults (16-25 years old)  in the criminal justice system. The report contains recommendations for the development of IOM for this group and would be applicable to other areas outside of Wales.

Going for Gold: Developing effective services for young adults throughout the criminal justice process (2012) - This offers a step by step guide to developing young adult services based on the experience of organisations that have already done it.


Maximising our potential: Youth justice and the role of the VCS (July 2012) - This Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group paper highlights the valuable work carried out by VCS organisations in the youth justice system, and the disproportionate impact of the economic downturn on work with vulnerable children and young people.


Safer Future Communities briefing for young people (February 2012) - This briefing demonstrates how police and crime commissioners will affect the communities in which young people live.

Youth Justice (September 2010) - This briefing provides an introduction to the youth justice system, recent developments, sentencing and processes, policy, and looks at future issues. 

Case studies

Pecan: Moving On (2015) - A case study of one woman’s journey with Pecan’s Moving On programme, a one-to-one mentoring service supporting women aged 18-25 through the transition from prison into the community.

SEE ALSO: Links to organisations working with and for young people

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