Youth justice – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

No progress

There have been no legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections in relation to this issue, and very limited evidence of progress in the enjoyment of these rights

The number of children in custody has continued to decrease in recent years, though the reduction in numbers has slowed since 2016. 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 18/03/2021