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 completed 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
Focus on supporting David Lammy review until late 2017

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

Ethics approval being sought
Project due to complete 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


Started early 2017 for three years
Evidence to JSC on youth criminal convictions given March 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 July n2017.

Together T2A Pathway

To support young adults that are engaged with the police in Rotherham, many of whom have multiple and complex needs

Together for Mental Wellbeing

Pilot concluded in 2017 after 3 years
A further year of funding has been secured

Evaluation of the T2A Pathway

A four year research study examining the impact of distinct approaches to young adults throughout the criminal justice system

Manchester Metropolitan University

Fieldwork completed April 2107
Reconviction study will be completed in late 2017.

T2A 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

The Centre for Justice Innovation

Feasibility phase complete
National and local permissions now being sought
Pilots due to begin in late 2017

Best practice in prison with young adult women

A cluster of pilot projects in women's prisons that support women (specifically or including young adults)

Geese Theatre (arts-based interventions)
Women in Prison (support for women and promotion of voice to 2020 campaign)
Disabilities Trust (brain injury link-worker service)

Projects ongoing

T2A Young Adult Advisory Group

A forum of young adults to engage with aspects of criminal justice policy that affect 18-25 year olds

Leaders unlocked

Began August 2016, with a focus on race and criminal justice.
Presented emerging findings to the Lammy Review team in March 2017.
Invited to present to NOMS and YJB.
Report published July 2017.

Criminal justice and Muslim people

A cluster of projects all focused on how the criminal justice system impacts on people of Muslim faith or ethnicity

Muslim Hands (Muslim women and resettlement)
Maslaha (cultural competency of mainstream VCS to support Muslim prisoners)
Arooj (impact on families or Muslim prisoners)
Prince's Trust/Mosaic (Mentoring support to young Muslim men in prison)

All projects began in early 2017 and will complete in 1-2 years