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McCord, John and Irwin, Tracy and Martynowicz, Agnieszka (2012) Reviewing the provision of education for young people in detention: rights, research and reflections on policy and practice. Galway: Children and Youth Programme.

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This thematic Report is the third in a Special Report Series addressing the rights and well-being of children and youth in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Report corresponds with three key UNESCO aims: to strengthen awareness of human rights; to act as a catalyst for regional and national action in human rights; and to foster co-operation with a range of stakeholders and networks working with, or on behalf of, children and youth.

This Report adopts a rights-based approach to reviewing the provision of education for young people in detention. Using the General Measures of Implementation2 as a fundamental tool for good policy (CYP, 2011) together with the principles of best interests3 and voice of the child,4 the objectives of the Report are to:
1. identify the rights for children and young people to education in custody in Ireland and Northern Ireland;
2. analyse and review the legal and policy provisions for the educational needs of children and young people in custody;
3. highlight research evidence and data in relation to the voice and educational experiences of young people in custody and identify gaps in existing provisions and pedagogy;
4. explore new strategies of providing education in custody and make recommendations for policy development and implementation.

The Report comprises the following sections: Section 2 briefly outlines the relevant rights instruments and standards for the education of young people in detention; Section 3 provides a profile of children in the youth justice system with reference to education; Section 4 documents the legislative and policy context for the provision of education of young people in custody in Ireland and Northern Ireland and highlights areas of concern; Section 5 assesses the role of education for young people in detention and explores modalities of educational provision; and Section 6 draws concluding messages for policy in relation to custodial


Date:2012
Pages:71 p.
Publisher:Children and Youth Programme
Place of Publication:Galway
Notes:Published by the Children and Youth Programme with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Criminality > Youth (juvenile) offending
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
MM-MO Crime and law > Legal rights > Civil rights
N Communication, information and education > Education and training
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Rehabilitation
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility

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