Youth justice – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

We welcome the reduction in the number of children in custody in recent years, a trend that accelerated following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). For those in the youth justice system, the use of force, solitary confinement, violence and self-harm are commonplace. The minimum age of criminal responsibility remains inconsistent with international standards. Children from ethnic minorities are over-represented in custody; the use of pain-inducing restraint continues; and the use of remand has increased.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on youth justice.  

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 10/12/2022