Crime and justice

Young Criminal Lives: What can history tell us?

Young offenders in the late 19th Century were far less likely to reoffend than those today, according to the first cradle-to-grave study of youth justice at that time. Pamela Cox, Barry Godfrey, Heather Shore and Zoe Alker discuss their findings.

Child abuse: can help-lines change behaviour?

Can anonymous telephone helplines assist in preventing child abuse? An evaluation of such programmes in the UK, Ireland and The Netherlands finds they can. And it suggests offenders might be more likely to seek help if confidentiality is assured.

Counting the cost of behaviour problems in young children

Hyperactivity and behaviour problems are associated with increased health, social care and criminal justice costs in adulthood according to a report released by The London School of Economics. The study shows the increase in costs to be between two and three times for children with behaviour problems. This report provides much needed data as little […]

Sexism at the Town Hall: time for change

Sexism in the world of Westminster has come under the microscope recently, but what about harassment and bullying in local politics and the effect this has on women’s representation in local government?

Violence against women

One woman in three has suffered physical or sexual violence since the age of 15, according to a study based on interviews with 42,000 women across the European Union. One in five has experienced stalking, and one in two has been subjected to sexual harassment

Reducing reoffending

Work Programme providers who were offered financial incentives to help reduce reoffending among ex-prisoners changed their practice to include more specialist sub-contractors who could work with this group, an evaluation of the government’s Employment and Reoffending Pilot has found.

Trafficking: should the government ban paying for sex?

As the UK government prepares to publish a bill on human trafficking, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on gender equality has urged it to introduce a nordic model for dealing with prostitution – under which the purchaser, not the prostitute, is criminalised. UK MPs and pressure groups have also supported such a move. Evidence from Sweden suggests it could work – and it could also help combat trafficking.