Voices from the inside: the experiences of girls in secure training centres

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Longfield, Anne
Children's Commissioner for England
Date of publication
14 March 2018
Children and Young People, Families, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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This report tells the stories of some of the young girls who have spent time in one secure unit. It gives a voice to children who are not usually given the opportunity to tell their story and shines a light on the circumstances that led to them being locked up.

It is striking how similar the girls’ stories are. Most were born into complex and chaotic families. Many suffered significant bereavements at a young age. Almost all were under the supervision of social services. They were often brought up outside the family home or were in care. Drink, drugs and underage sex were a common part of their lives, and most had dropped out of mainstream school. Often they were not given the support needed to help them negotiate the difficult, emotional situations that they found themselves in or to make positive choices for themselves.

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