Surviving Incarceration: The Pathways of Looked After and Non-Looked After Children Into, Through and Out of Custody

This research conducted by the University of Bedfordshire estimates that children in the care system are seven times more likely to be subject to imprisonment during childhood than those who are not in care, and learn to adopt a ‘survivor mentality’.

Researchers at the University’s Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime have investigated how children in care are disproportionately represented in the youth justice system, and in child prisons in particular. This two year research project was led by Dr Tim Bateman, a specialist in youth justice and youth crime, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation – an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance social wellbeing.

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