Andrew Blyth

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Call for urgent review of video links for child defendants

An <b>open letter</b> signed by 59 individuals representing organisations including Children England, Become, the Association of Youth Offending Team …

Crime

There are moments when the invisible becomes powerfully visible to us all. We know from our work at Just for Kids Law that street violence is part of …

Sociology

Lack of activities triggering 'explosive violence' in YOI, report finds

An annual Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) <b>report</b> for the 12 months to the end of October 2017 for the west London YOI found that inmates spend too …

Crime

Violence strategy 'provides little' to help council efforts, children's leaders warn

The serious violence strategy, unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd earlier this week, stressed the importance of early intervention to tackle the …

Sociology

Young perpetrators of knife crime are victims too

We need to understand them as victims of child criminal exploitation who are subject to coercion by gang elders<p>Too often we respond to a perceived crime wave with calls for tougher punishment, increased stop and searches, more police funding, and crackdowns on drug trafficking. Yet young people …

Sociology

Youth offending teams to trial programme to address trauma

As part of the <b>serious violence strategy</b>, the government said there is emerging evidence that "trauma-informed" youth justice services can help young …

Public Health England

Have youth service cuts led to more crime?

<b>The claim:</b> The Labour MP published a tweet suggesting rising violent crime could be linked to cuts in young people's services.<p><b>Verdict:</b> Youth services have seen big cuts in their budgets over the past few years. However, it's impossible to make a clear link between that and a rise in violent</b> …

Crime

London killings: Why are they happening and what can be done?

<b>Another day, another death. Another headline about someone being killed in London.</b><p>On the first Monday of this month, Tanesha Melbourne, 17, died in her mother's arms after being shot in Tottenham. On the Tuesday, 16-year-old Amaan Shakoor died after being shot in the face in Walthamstow. Wednesday …

Sociology

MoJ commits to review use of custody for young offenders

The review, set out in a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), London Councils and the Mayor's Office for Policing and …

InterAct

Cut youth services and violent crime will rise – is that really so hard to see?

The causes of a spike in crime are complex, but savaging Sure Starts, EMA and tax credits was always going to come at a cost<p>Another young person killed in the escalating epidemic of violence. The cause? Take your pick.<p>The right blames Theresa May for easing up on stop and search for weapons – …

Tax Preparation

Going to Court

John F. Kennedy

Ex-gang members speak out on Birmingham gun crime

<b>As a spate of shootings and murders - many linked to gangs - adds to Birmingham's surging gun crime tally, former members of the city's notorious crews talk about "street life" and why they want to stop the new generation following their example.</b><p>"How bad was I? Bad. I was a terrorist. I'd hear …

Sociology

Inspectors praise YOT efforts to divert children from justice system

Inspectors from <b>HM Inspectorate of Probation</b> and <b>HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services</b> looked at work in seven areas of England …

Crime

Government to trial upfront Troubled Families payments

The current Troubled Families programme aims to help 400,000 disadvantaged families with complex needs such as parents on out-of-work benefits, and …

City Politics

G4S staff at Medway youth jail cleared of misconduct

<b>Four men accused of threatening and assaulting children at a youth jail in Kent have been cleared.</b><p>Anthony Dance, 28, Gareth Evans, 27, Matthew Cunningham, 37, and Christopher Lomax, 36, had been charged with misconduct in a public office.<p>Police investigated after BBC Panorama broadcast undercover …

Kent

Youth Custody Service director to leave role after less than six months

Mark Read was <b>appointed to the post last October</b>, a month after the organisation took over responsibility for youth custody from the Youth Justice …

Crime

Prisons inspector warns of continued failure to tackle youth custody violence

A thematic review by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found that current behaviour management schemes have been ineffective, particularly, in reducing …

Crime

Primary staff 'frustrated and angry' at lack of help to steer children from gangs

An Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) report on the role of primary schools in preventing gang and youth violence found that teachers who were …

Self-improvement

Young offender classroom time in decline despite government drive

Figures published in parliament show that across the four state-run young offender institutions - Cookham Wood YOI in Kent, Feltham YOI in west …

Crime

LGA warns government against further youth offending cuts

Central government funding to youth offending teams (YOTs) has halved over the last eight years from £145m in 2010/11 to £72m in 2017/18. The LGA …

Sociology

Children 'placed at risk' due to treatment in court custody

Lay Observers, independent volunteers appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice said that although children, young people and vulnerable adults …

Young CSE perpetrators 'likely to display sustained general criminality'

Research by the <b>Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse</b> examined the case histories of 14 young people thought to have engaged in child sexual …

Labour urges government to tackle £2bn children's services funding crisis

Speaking in parliament, John McDonnell said Chancellor Philip Hammond should use the <b>spring statement</b>, which will be delivered on 13 March, to help …

Knife crime has left London’s young people reeling. We need action now

Parts of London are in a state of emergency after a spate of stabbings. Cuts to services have fractured community cohesion<p>At 11pm last Tuesday, I said goodnight to a friend outside a pub in Kentish Town in north-west London. By the time we both got home – about a mile in distance – each of us had …

Human Geography

Inspectors praise safety improvements at YOI

Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said the Young Persons' Unit at HMP & YOI Parc near Bridgend in South Wales had often received positive …

'Life improves in care' for most looked-after children

The charity Coram Voice and the University of Bristol asked 2,263 children and young people aged between four and 18 about their experiences of being …

Social Work

Placing YOT staff in youth custody curbs reoffending, study finds

The evaluation of the <b>Youth Justice Board's resettlement</b> consortia pilots found that placing YOT staff in young offender institutions (YOIs) and …

MoJ 'on track' to hit youth custody staff recruitment target

The MoJ said almost 2,000 prison officers have been recruited since the launch of a campaign to bring in 2,500 additional officers by the end of this …

Sociology

Poor areas worst affected by children's services cuts

Analysis of spending on children and young people's services across England over a five-year period found that the least affluent areas have been …

University of Sheffield

Experts look to public health model to tackle surge in youth knife crime

The deaths of four young Londoners from separate knife attacks over the new year period has prompted a renewed focus on the most effective approach …

Sexual Health