Youth Justice programme
The Youth Justice programme was launched to meet a significant
awareness and training gap in the Youth Justice workforce around
speech, language and communication, identified in the Bercow Review (2008).
View the new Sentence Trouble film for all
practitioners working with young people in the youth justice sector
The Trust's Youth Justice programme aims to support all those
that work in the youth justice sector to better support the
communication needs of the young people they work with.
Research shows that at least 60% of young people in the youth
justice system have speech, language and communication
needs (within the general population this is around 10% of
children and young people). If the needs of these people are not
supported there can be profound implications:
• A young person may not be able to communicate
a police interview, a court appearance, a meeting with a Youth
Offending Team or being held under a custodial sentence
• A young person may breach the terms of his/her order, simply
because he/she doesn't understand the language, days of the week or
• Because a young person may have the listening and
understanding skills of an 8 year old, they may not be able to
follow programmes designed to support their education and
wellbeing, which are often aimed at GCSE Level
To find out more please go to the Sentence Trouble website,
which was set up as part of our Youth Justice programme, here.
The Communication Trust Youth Justice programme, supported by
the Youth Justice Board, has to date offered training, resources
and awareness-raising to the youth justice workforce.
Find out about outcomes from phase 1 of this project here.
Funding for this programme has now ended, and the Trust is no
longer able to offer training in this area.
For more information on available resources, please click here.
For information on training offered to Youth Offending team's
please visit the Royal College of Speech Language Therapists website. Alternatively, please contact
RCSLT training services coordinator Lea Labeau on firstname.lastname@example.org for