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Youth Justice: Call for Evidence

The Standing Committee of Tynwald on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Justice is undertaking an inquiry on youth justice. The Committee would like to invite written submissions from anyone who wishes to comment on this matter, with a deadline of noon on Wednesday 14th September 2022.  

The Committee is particularly interested in views on:

•the structure and effectiveness of the Island’s youth justice system

•the extent of youth crime in the Island and the availability of data on youth justice

•principles of youth justice including the age of criminal responsibility

•inter-agency working, including the reasons for the success and collapse of the previous Youth Justice Team and prospects for a new, statutory Youth Justice Board 

•the quality and value for money of the Island’s youth justice services, especially those at Cronk Sollysh and the prison. 

The Committee is prepared to consider further themes suggested in response to this call for evidence. 

Members of the public may tell the Committee of their personal experiences as users of youth justice services. However, the Committee will not take a view on any individual case.

Submissions should be sent to the address below; email is preferred but hard copy is equally acceptable.

Please be aware that the Committee may choose to make public any information it receives. Personal contact details are routinely redacted in advance of such publication. If there is any other information in your submission that you do not wish the Committee to publish, or that you believe the Committee should not publish, please explain this in your submission. 

The Members elected to the Committee by Tynwald are Tanya August-Hanson MLC (chair), David Ashford MHK and Stu Peters MHK.

The Committee’s 2019 report on the criminal justice strategy is available here. The Committee has this year heard oral evidence on youth justice on four occasions, as follows.

7th March 2022 Chief Constable Gary Roberts here

4th April 2022 Representatives of St Christopher’s here

23rd May 2022 Department of Home Affairs here​

27th June 2022 Department of Health and Social Care, Manx Care and the Safeguarding Board – Hansard still in preparation

For further information contact: 
Committee Secretariat
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel: (01624) 685500

Published - 19/07/2022