The IARS International Institute


The Young Women in the Criminal Justice System Project (YWCJS) is a new 12 month, youth-led programme that will empower 10 young females (aged 16-25) to inform and influence how the police engages works with young females with mental health problems while being users of the criminal justice system.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124590)

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It has been 3 years since Baroness Corston’s report (Home Office, 2007) on women in the criminal justice system. One of the gaps identified was the lack of support for girls and young women with mental health problems.


Our project will develop practical solutions to the problems, gaps and needs identified in the Cortson and Bradley reports and by Together UK. The project’s girls and women will be supported to carry out robust research with girls aged 16-25, who are currently or who have recently had an experience of a criminal justice procedure.This research will be turned into practical resources that can be used by the local forces, strategic level MPS staff, the MPA and mental health organisations.