It is extraordinary that since Croydon’s own Cllr Carlton Young was appointed to the Home Office twenty years ago, the department have not appointed a single other Black senior civil servant. On 21 July, at the Home Secretary’s statement on Wendy Williams’ review of the lessons learned from the Windrush scandal, I called on the Home Secretary to act swiftly to address this failure.
Campaigning to end disproportionality in the criminal justice system
In Croydon this month, of the 10 children in custody, 9 were black. I have been working with charity Transform Justice to understand the causes of this disproportionality and I raised the issue in the Parliament with the Home Secretary.
This issue is one of the key concerns that Croydon’s youth offending service has identified and there is a lack of support for vulnerable children before they become criminalised. A lot of young people who come into contact with the justice system but do not end up being charged with any offences, often have experienced significant problems, whether with trauma, abuse or bereavement. It is absolutely vital that there are interventions for these vulnerable young people at their time of need, so that they are supported through alternative paths away from being criminalised.
At Justice questions, I urged the Government to provide more support to children and young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.