End Child Imprisonment

The End Child Imprisonment campaign is run by Article 39, Alliance for Youth Justice, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Child Rights International Network (CRIN), Howard League for Penal Reform, INQUEST, Just for Kids Law, the National Association for Youth Justice and several leading children’s rights and child justice campaigners. If you support our aims, and wish to be listed on this page, please sign up below.

LATEST publication, launched 10 December 2020
Our 2019 publication


  • Press for the closure of England’s child prisons and raise awareness of the harms of child imprisonment.
  • Propose a child welfare-based and human rights compliant secure model for the small number of children who cannot be safely looked after and supported in the community.
  • Push for responsibility for detained children to be moved out of the government department that deals with adult imprisonment. At a local level, responsibility for the care and support of detained children must lie with children’s social care services.
  • Seek changes to law and practice so that deprivation of liberty is an absolute measure of last resort, leading to substantially fewer children being detained.
  • Remove punishment and deterrence as reasons for locking up children.


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Writing on the wall

Home page image: we are very grateful to the prison art charity the Koestler Trust for permission to use The Writing’s on the Wall, HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Cookham Wood.



Alliance for Youth Justice

Article 39

Association of Child Protection Professionals


The Bromley Trust

The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice

Child Rights International Network


Geese Theatre Company

Howard League for Penal Reform

Include Youth



Justice Studio Ltd

Just for Kids Law


National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

National Association for Youth Justice

National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

Peer Power Youth


Siblings Together Ltd

The 4Front Project


  • Professor Priscilla Alderson
  • Dr. Mohammed Mazhar Ali, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
  • Lisa Armstrong, Children and Young People’s Advocate
  • Raymond Arthur, Professor of Law, Northumbria University
  • Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England 2010-15
  • Una Barr, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Agnes Bartyzel, Social Work Student
  • Reverend Anne Bennett, Former Anglican Chaplain, HMYOI Cookham Wood (2012-1017)
  • Joan Bining
  • Dave Breakspear, Prison reformist
  • Kathryn Brooks, Independent Social Worker and youth justice professional
  • Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • Lisa Cherry, Trainer and Speaker on Trauma Recovery and Resilience
  • Ian Chisnall
  • Sara Chitseko, Programmes Co-ordinator
  • Jeffrey Coleman, Children’s Services Consultancy
  • Amanda Collins, Associate Lecturer, University of Lincoln
  • Sharon Cope, Student Social Worker
  • Dr Karen Corteen, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Alexandra Cox, Lecturer, University of Essex
  • Ian Cummins
  • Dr. Enys Delmage MBChB MRCPsych MMedSc BA Phil LLM, Consultant in Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry and Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham
  • Christina Downes, Retired FE Lecturer
  • Arabella Duffield, Charity worker
  • George Fielding, Manager
  • Professor Jonathan Evans, University of South Wales
  • Becky Ford, Social Work Lecturer
  • Lucy Foreman, Youth Justice Practitioner
  • Councillor Andree Frieze
  • Sabrina Garrett, Administration Assistant, NHS
  • Dr. Paul Gavin, Criminology Lecturer, Bath Spa University
  • Professor Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool
  • Pippa Goodfellow
  • Karen Goodman, Independent Social Worker
  • Dr Sarah Greenhow, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Heidi Hales MBBS DCH RSPcyh PhD, Adolescent Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Dr Lucy Hanson, Senior Lecturer, Health and Social Care
  • Whitney Hard, Student
  • Dr Di Hart
  • Sharon Hartles, Postgraduate in Crime and Justice, Open University
  • Pam Hibbert OBE
  • Jay Hennigan
  • Stephen Hoffman, Advocacy and Outreach Manager
  • Dr Jim Hollinshead, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Delma Hughes, CEO, Siblings Together
  • Naomi Jackson, Social Worker
  • Ryan Jarvis, Founder/Caseworker
  • Peter Jones, Associate Lecturer
  • Ray Jones, Emeritus Professor
  • Laura Kinsey, Development Manager
  • Amanda Knowles MBE, Director Children’s Homes and Supported Accommodation, Registered Social Worker
  • Marian Leslie, retired teacher
  • Lisa Love, Criminology Student
  • Mark Madigan, Associate Lecturer, The Open University
  • Davina Masunda, Advocate
  • Daniel McCulloch, Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy, The Open University
  • John McGowan, General Secretary, Social Workers Union
  • Dr Lindsey Metcalf, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Audrey Cherryl Mogan, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
  • Marianne Moore
  • Ed Nixon, Chair of Board, Every Child Leaving Care Matters
  • Sarah Olowofoyeku, Staff Writer
  • Dr Bev Orton, Criminology Lecturer, University of Hull
  • David Palmer, Lecturer in Criminal Justice Services and Registered Social Worker
  • Lord David Ramsbotham
  • Brian Redding, Youth Justice Manager (retired)
  • Dr Rizwaan Sabir, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Theo Scheiner, Trainee Psychotherapist
  • Dr David Scott, Senior Lecturer, Criminology, The Open University
  • Richard Servian, Chair BASW UK Policy Ethics and Human Rights Committee
  • Julie Shaw, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Becky Shepherd, Probation Officer and Criminology Lecturer
  • Christopher Shortt
  • Rebecca Shortt, former Criminal Defence Lawyer; now in policy, ending violence against women and girls
  • Jo Staines, Senior Lecturer, Childhood Studies and Youth Justice, University of Bristol
  • Chris Stanley
  • Forrest Templeton, Children’s Rights Officer
  • June Thoburn CBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of East Anglia
  • Nigel Patrick Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Childhood and Youth
  • Mike Thomas-Cusick
  • Dr Sarah Tickle, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Baroness Vivien Stern
  • Lola Taylor, Student
  • Janaya Walker, Policy and Public Affairs Officer
  • Kay Wall, Social Worker
  • Ian Wise QC, Monckton Chambers
  • Ruth Woolsey, MA Social and Political Studies Student
  • Dr Serena Wright, Lecturer in Criminology, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • John Weightman MBE, Former Vice President, National Council of Independent Monitoring Boards