A Voice for Young Adults on Criminal Justice

In 2016 Barrow Cadbury Trust and Leaders Unlocked are collaborating to establish the T2A National Advisory Group. The purpose of this new Advisory Group is to allow young adults with personal experience of the Criminal Justice System to have a national voice on policy.


The aims of the T2A National Advisory Group are:

  • Gather and represent the views of young adults on the criminal justice system.
  • Act as a sounding board to inform the T2A programme, which is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.
  • Produce reports outlining the views of young adults on different themes relating to criminal justice.
  • Present insights and recommendations to policy-makers working on criminal justice reform.

In putting together the vision and plan for this new advisory group, we are drawing closely on the lessons from Leaders Unlocked’s Youth Commission on Police and Crime – a successful youth-led initiative which has enabled young people to influence decisions about policing and crime prevention in their regions.


How it works

  • Advisory Group meetings: Regular Advisory Group meetings bringing together members and criminal justice experts.
  • Regional Engagement Sessions: Regional subgroup meetings across the country, enabling Advisory Group members to engage other young adults in purposeful conversations about their priority topics.
  • Peer-to-peer research interviews: Advisory Group members will conduct supervised peer-to-peer research interviews with young people with personal experience of policing and justice.
  • Analysis and reports: Advisory Group members will analyse the key themes arising from their peer research and produce the key messages and recommendations to form unique youth-centred reports.


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.


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