Policy & Research

The table below will provide you with information about all the ongoing and current T2A projects except for the Demonstration Projects which have their own page.

Project Name Project Description Lead Organisation Status

Feasibility study for dedicated criminal court arrangements for young adults (Young Adult Courts)

To develop pilot models for criminal court proceedings for 18-25 year olds in magistrates courts in sites across England and Wales. This will drawn on the earlier feasibility study undertaken in 2015 by the Centre for Justice Innovation

The Centre for Justice Innovation

Phase 1 due to complete in early 2017

Evaluation of the T2A Maturity Guide

To use qualitative research to understand the impact and use of the T2A practice guide by probation areas

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS)

Final publication due in early 2017

Young Review implementation

Implementation phase of Young Review on over-representation of young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system

Clinks, BTEG, Baroness Lola Young

Original review published December 2014. Implementation phase began April 2015 and is ongoing

First Generation Police and Complaints Commissioners (PCCs), Phase Three

To identify best practice among PCCs in relation to young adults and to promote and support their work

Revolving Doors Agency (RDA)

Phase three began in September 2016 and runs for at least 2 years

Young adults in the criminal justice system and the impact of bereavement

A research study to examine the impact of bereavement on young people involved in committing crime, and to develop toolkits for practitioners to support young people affected in this way

Keele University

To be published in late 2017

Care leavers and criminal justice

To promote the needs and develop strategy for care leavers in the justice system in multiple sites across England and Wales.

Care Leavers' Association

Phase 2 began in late 2016 and runs for at least three years

Young adults with long prison sentences

To research the specific issues facing young adults serving long sentences in prison, including those who are now young adults but who started their sentence as children

Justice Studio

Work started in late 2016 and concludes by the end of 2017

Young adults with criminal convictions

This project will examine whether there are solutions to structural barriers to employment for young adults with criminal convictions


Starts early 2017

Taking account of maturity in sentencing young adults

This project will analyse sentencing remarks by judges to examine the extent to which sentencers, particularly Crown Court judges, are taking account of maturity in sentencing remarks for young adults.

Howard League for Penal Reform

Started 1 February 2016, with final publication in early 2017