Families, young people and children

World leading, influential research on children, young people and families.

We shape the intellectual agenda around the geographies of children, young people and families and our research makes important and influential contributions to evidence-based policy making and practice development in social policy and criminal justice in the UK and on the global stage.

Spotlight on: 'Child First' Justice: the research evidence-base

‘Child First’ Justice is a rights-based approach, whereby children coming to the attention of the Youth Justice System are seen as ‘children’ rather than as ‘offenders’.

Prioritising the child’s best interests, it is a constructive and future-focused approach, promoting the development of a pro-social identity for sustainable desistance, working collaboratively with children and their carers to encourage participation, engagement and social inclusion. Child First Justice focuses on prevention, diversion and minimal intervention to reduce the stigmatising effects of system contact.

Find out more and read the report here.