Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance

Catch22 is a founding member of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance, which evidences and promotes effective approaches for young people in the transition to adulthood between 16 and 25-years-old throughout the criminal justice process.

Convened by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, membership is comprised of 12 leading criminal justice, health and youth organisations, which meet regularly in order to share developments and new practice findings.

Catch22’s role is to raise awareness of the T2A Alliance and supply information and briefings for partners including parliamentarians, professional bodies, commissioners and policy-makers.

Since 2008 the T2A Alliance has produced more than 40 research and policy reports, including a literature review about maturity, young adults and the criminal justice system and a report about the factors affecting young people’s transition to adulthood.

Between 2009 and 2012 the Barrow Cadbury Trust commissioned and grant-funded a number of demonstration projects, each delivering services to young adults at different points in the criminal justice process. Three, known as the T2A Pilots, were subject to formative, summative and economic evaluation produced by Catch22.

Why young adults?

Young adults constitute 10% of the population, but are highly over-represented within criminal justice services, accounting for more than a third of the probation service’s caseloads and almost a third of those sentenced to prison each year; 22% of those in prison are young adults.

With the right intervention young adults are the most likely age group to desist from criminal activity. The wrong intervention at this time can slow desistance and extend the period that a young adult is involved in the criminal justice system – which is why the distinct needs and circumstances of young adults need to be considered when developing effective sentencing.

The T2A Pathway

In 2012 a framework to illustrate the T2A approach, the T2A Pathway, was created – based on the T2A Pilots. The T2A Pathway sets out 10 stages in the criminal justice process at which effective interventions can be made to support young adults involved in crime, including point of arrest, prosecution, sentencing, probation and prison.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust will fund a network of projects operating at stages of the T2A Pathway to demonstrate how services can be developed locally and to illustrate how, in principle, a ‘whole pathway approach’ could be commissioned in a given locality. Each project is likely to be quite different, and operating at different points of the T2A Pathway.

It is intended that the T2A Pathway will make a significant impact on policy-makers at a local and national level, and will provide a strong evidence base for the on-going work of the T2A Alliance in the years ahead.

To find out more about T2A, visit www.t2a.org.uk.