YSS Chief Executive, Lorraine Preece, was a guest speaker on 30 May in London at the HMIP (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons) staff development day.

Lorraine was asked by the Barrow Cadbury Trust to talk about YSS’s practical experience in working with young adults aged 18-25.

T2A (Transition to Adulthood) is an initiative of the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s criminal justice programme and aims to develop and promote evidence of effective policy and practice for young adults at all stages of the criminal justice system, and to enable the voices of those directly affected to be heard.

Young adults in the 18-25 age group make up less than 10% of the general population, but account for more than a third of the probation service’s caseload and a third of those sentenced to prison every year.

Lorraine said: "It was an honour to speak at this event. The Barrow Cadbury Trust funded YSS to deliver one of the first young adult pilot projects in 2008. following the publication of the original 'Lost in Transition' report in 2005.

"T2A has now commissioned more than forty original pieces of work in the development of evidence for its programme.

"Blowing out the candles on an 18th birthday cake does not transform anyone into a fully functioning and mature adult. For those who have experienced disadvantages in life, as many young adult offenders have, this is even more the case. With a tailored criminal justice intervention – one that takes account of the developmental maturity and particular needs of young adults – research has found that young adult offenders are far more likely to grow out of crime."  

For more information please visit t2a.org.uk. To find out more about YSS and any of the services it delivers go to yss.org.uk or follow @OfficialYSS on Facebook and Twitter.