The RJC and Together for Mental Wellbeing join the T2A Alliance

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14 March 2017

The Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance is a coalition of 16 leading criminal justice, health and youth charities chaired by Joyce Moseley OBE. The Alliance helps to shape T2A’s policy positions and promotes a better criminal justice system for young adults to government, practitioners and the wider voluntary sector. Recently, T2A’s campaign management group undertook a membership audit of the Alliance, and identified the need for additional expertise on two current priorities.

One of these is restorative justice, one of the 10 T2A Pathway stages. The RJC has played an instrumental role in T2A’s work on restorative justice, and will bring expertise on both national policy and service delivery. In 2013 RJC published a report for T2A on the use of restorative justice with young adults, and has since undertaken similar reviews with regards to female offenders and BAME young people.

Together for Mental Wellbeing joins T2A to add expertise on adult mental health provision. Together for Mental Wellbeing has already made a major contribution to T2A’s evidence base, through its Rotherham-based project as part of the T2A Pathway. It brings national expertise in policy and service delivery, particularly at the interface between mental health and criminal justice. 

Joyce Moseley said: “We are delighted that the RJC and Together for Mental Wellbeing have agreed to join the T2A Alliance. Both have already played a key role in shaping T2A’s policy positions and contributing to its evidence base. By joining the Alliance, our collective voice will be stronger in making the case for a more effective response to 18-25-year-olds involved in the criminal justice system.”

Jon Collins, the RJC's chief executive, said: "Restorative justice is a key intervention for young adults, helping them to desist from crime at an early stage and preventing unnecessary criminalisation whenever possible. We’re delighted to be joining the T2A Alliance and hope to contribute to its very important work to ensure better outcomes for young adults coming into contact with the criminal justice system."