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Season 3, Episode 2: Criminalisation of children and young people in care

Header image for the Catch22 Minutes podcast which reads "Season 3: Risk and Resilience"

In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.

The third season focuses on risk and resilience and is presented by Catch22’s Director of Communications and Engagement, Melissa Milner. Our episodes look at topics including child exploitation, online harms, county lines, substance abuse and more.

In this episode of Catch22Minutes, we’ll be discussing the topic of care-leavers and criminalisation. Why is it that while care-leavers aged 16-18 make up less than 1% of the under-18 population, estimates suggest that over 25% of young offenders, and over 50% of people in secure children’s centres have been in care. What are the factors that mean young people in care are more likely to be criminalised than those outside the care system? What support is available to them? And ultimately, how can the numbers of care-experienced children and young people being criminalised be reduced?

We are joined by Ben Twomey, Director of Policy and Communications at the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS), and Victoria Odude, Steering Group Representative at the Young People’s Benchmarking Forum (YPBMF).

Our panellists

Ben Twomey

Victoria Odude