50% of Children in Custody Have Been in Care

50% of Children in Custody Have Been in Care

Why have so many people in prison spent time in care as children?

Criminology Lecturer Claire Fitzpatrick writes that ‘the great majority of children in care do not commit criminal offences, yet there is a stubborn over-representation of care leavers in the criminal justice system. Less than 1% of the population have been in the care system, yet a recent review chaired by Lord Laming reports that about 50% of children in custody have been in care. This scandalous figure becomes particularly troubling when we consider that just 2% of children are in care specifically because of their own “socially unacceptable behaviour”, yet 60% are there because of traumatic abuse and neglect.’

Read more of her interesting article here.

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