T2A produces and promotes evidence for effective ways of working with young adults at all stages of the criminal justice system. T2A has contributed to significant change in policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally.
Why Young Adults? Young adults (aged 18-24) constitute less than 10% of the population, but account for more than a third the probation service’s caseload and a third of those sentenced to prison each year. With the right intervention, one that takes account of the developmental maturity and particular needs of this group, young adults are far more likely to ‘grow out of crime’. The wrong intervention at this time can slow desistance and extend the period of involvement in the criminal justice system.
The T2A Programme: Alongside research and policy, six projects across England are working with young adults at different stages of the criminal justice process. This ‘T2A Pathway’ runs for three years and is evaluated by Sheffield Hallam University. The T2A Pathway builds on the learning from three previous T2A pilot projects, which ran between 2009 and 2013, working with more than 1,000 young adults. They demonstrated innovative approaches for young adults involved with the probation service, reducing offending, breach rates and improving social outcomes. As a whole, the T2A programme makes a strong case for significant reform.
The T2A programme, and the T2A Alliance that supports the programme (a coalition of 13 leading criminal justice, health and youth charities, chaired by Joyce Moseley OBE), is convened and funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.