Friday, 1 April 2016

Children`s homes in Kent push kids into the criminal system

"Childrens homes in Kent have been attended by Kent police more than 2,600 times since 2013, it was revealed today."

"The Howard League for Penal Reform revealed children living in homes are being criminalised at a much higher rate compared to others their age."

"Among 13 to 15-year-olds, children living in homes are almost six times as likely to be criminalised as looked after children in other placements and almost 20 times more likely than a child not in care."

"The charity suggests there is a problem with the current care system in England and Wales, leading to staff calling the police over minor incidents."

"Findings have been published in a report from the charity, Criminal Care: Childrens homes and criminalising children."

"The report states: `Levels of criminalisation of children in childrens homes increase dramatically between the ages of 13 and 15.` "

"The children who are being criminalised whilst teenagers are the same children who, when younger, were sympathetically viewed as vulnerable, innocent and highly deserving of societys help and protection."

"There appears to be a tipping pointaround the age of 13, at which time these children lose societys sympathy and, rather than being helped, they are pushed into the criminal justice system."

"Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: `These children have been taken into care because they are in dire need and their parents cannot, or will not, look after them`..."

"Private companies, charities and local authorities that are paid a fortune by the taxpayer should give these children what they need and deserve."

"The number of children going into care is at its highest point in 30 years."

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