Over the past 10 years there have been numerous independent reviews examining why young adults in care in England and Wales end up in the criminal justice system, but we still don’t know why?
Times gone by suggests that we need to look at the underlying problem – "A lack of parenting or personalised supported care" - perhaps? As a society, we need to commit to better supported care programmes for vulnerable young adults exiting the care system, if we want to provide stability, security and hope for the future.
Let’s face the facts: It’s understandable for a young adult who has been subjected to abuse or severe neglect while growing up to switch off as their life spirals out of control. When we think about it logically, how often do we take time out of our busy schedule to think about someone else’s back story – not ever?
What’s clear, is that, life for a young adult can go from zero to one hundred very quickly. Most young adults think they know what’s best and in too many cases, it’s their way or the highway – regardless of who they hurt. The problem is, not seeing the problem; and their way can often lead to exploitation into an underworld of crime, imprisonment, or death.
We need to find successful ways of preventing the merry-go-round of young adults who need help but end up in prison. Maybe this new connected technological approach is what’s needed, before we reach the point of no return and lose full control of our young adults who feel trapped in a lifestyle that has no longevity, boarders, or boundaries – just a world of gangs and gang life.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Inside Connections – Samantha Aug 2018