Effective practice tackling bullying in the juvenile secure estate.

Author: Sarah Griffiths

Sarah Griffiths, a placements manager with the Youth Justice Board in London, will be travelling to Australia to explore ways of tackling bullying amongst young people in custody.

There have been 15 self inflicted deaths in youth custody in the last 15 years. A number of recommendations have been made from the inquests in to these deaths in regards to bullying and harassment. In the same period Australia has had 0. Visiting 3 states in Australia I experienced their approach to youth custody. Through this and looking at the literature on this topic I discovered that it is not specific interventions that necessarily reduce bullying in custody. However it is the overall approach to youth custody which needs to be looked at.