Transition to Adulthood (T2A) is a Barrow Cadbury Trust criminal justice programme and campaign making the case to policy makers, practitioners and sentencers for a distinct approach for young adults (18-25 year olds). T2A Alliance members influence and guide our work.
How do we work?
The T2A campaign, like all of Barrow Cadbury Trust’s work, is built on collaboration and partnership. Working with criminal justice professionals, the voluntary and community sector, policy-makers and young adults themselves, T2A is building up a body of evidence and good practice guidance. Much of this evidence is based on our pathway framework which explains the different stages of the criminal justice process where intervention could make a difference.
T2A Pathway Framework
Milestones on our journey
Prison Service Female offender Strategy recognises young adults 2021
Sentencing Council Guidelines on Young Adults published 2019
The Guidelines establish that the emotional and developmental age of an offender is of at least equal importance to their chronological age (if not greater). They recognise that young adults are still developing neurologically meaning they struggle with evaluating the consequences of their actions, can be impulsive, and take risks.https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/overarching-guides/magistrates-court/item/general-guideline-overarching-principles/
Code for Crown Prosecution Service published, October 2018
A new Code says that prosecutors should consider the suspect’s maturity, as well as their chronological age, as young adults will continue to mature into their mid-twenties. https://www.cps.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/publications/Code-for-Crown-Prosecutors-October-2018.pdf
MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) develops young adult strategy and creates YA Hub in Newham, London, 2017 onwards
Justice Select Committee adopts T2A evidence base and recommendations
Justice Select Committee wrote two reports which were very favourable to T2A policy positions, the first in 2016 and a follow up in 2018. The 2018 report referenced T2A and Barrow Cadbury Trust almost 100 times.
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmjust/419/41902.htm. In 2017 Government accepted the recommendations, though there has been little progress.
T2A Pathways from Crime – 10 step framework 2012