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Multi-agency unit to tackle 'county lines' crime launches

The National County Lines Coordination Centre consists of a 38-strong multi-agency team of experts from the National Crime Agency (NCA), police …

National Crime Agency

Media focus on knife crime 'fuelling excessive arrests of black children'

The Howard League for Penal Reform said that while the overall number of child arrests have fallen for a seventh year in a row, BAME children …

News Media

Concerns remain at major children's trust, Ofsted finds

<b>Birmingham Children's Trust</b> was launched in April to improve standards within the council's children's services department, which have been rated as …

Social Work

Inspectors praise creative youth justice work in Hampshire

An inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted in June found that in the area of court disposals, staff demonstrated good joint working with …

Sociology

Inspectors hail 'innovative' work with siblings of young offenders

An inspection by <b>HM Inspectorate of Probation</b> identified a number of "innovative" areas of work, with children and young people referred to the …

Siblings

Tougher inspections for STCs

The trial of a tough new inspection regime for England's three secure training centres (STC) is to take place this autumn in response to growing …

Iain Duncan Smith should stop and search his views on youth violence | Franklyn Addo

We need to reverse cuts to youth services and undo the high thresholds imposed on families who request their help<p>The Centre for Social Justice, a rightwing thinktank set up by the former Tory leader, Iain Duncan Smith, has a plan to tackle London’s violent crime. Its report calls for increased stop …

Iain Duncan Smith

YOTs to receive graded inspection judgments for the first time

From the end of August, inspection reports for YOTs will be handed grades of "outstanding", "good", "requires improvement" or "inadequate". Under an …

BBC's Panorama broke Ofcom rules by naming 'anonymous' teenager

<b>The BBC's Panorama broke broadcasting rules by mistakenly revealing the first name of a teenager who was meant to be anonymous, TV watchdog Ofcom has said.</b><p>The 2016 episode included undercover footage of alleged abuse at a secure training centre in Kent.<p>The BBC said the "genuine error" was a result …

More than 35% of of juvenile offenders in Birmingham reoffend within a year, figures show

More than 35% of youth offenders in Birmingham reoffend within a year, according to a Ministry of Justice report.<p>From October 2015 to September 2016, …

Private probation contracts ended early by government

<b>Private companies that run probation services are to have their government contracts ended early - after MPs said the system for supervising criminals was in a "mess".</b><p>The contracts began in 2015 to manage low-risk offenders in England and Wales, under a partial privatisation by then-Justice …

Excluded pupils 'abandoned by education system'

A report by the education select committee said too many children are being excluded, ending up in alternative provision, which they describe as a …

Excluded pupils 'abandoned by schools'

<b>Too many pupils are being pushed out of mainstream classes in England and abandoned with an inadequate education, says a report from MPs.</b><p>The education select committee warns of a "Wild West" approach to the education provided for pupils who have been excluded from school.<p>There were also concerns …

Home Office: 'Child spies used against crime when necessary'

<b>Children are used undercover in criminal investigations only when necessary, the government has said.</b><p>The House of Lords raised concerns about the use of "juvenile covert human intelligence sources" after the government wanted to increase the amount of time under-18s could operate.<p>The Lords called …

Ofsted announces plans for tougher youth custody inspections

<b>Ofsted</b>, health watchdog the <b>Care Quality Commission</b> and <b>HMI Prisons</b> want to strengthen their response to STCs that receive an "inadequate" judgement. …

Call for councils to monitor profits of private children's homes

A briefing put together by charity The Howard League for Penal Reform looking into factors that can contribute to the criminalisation of children in …

Ofsted spot check prompts first 'inadequate' rating under new framework

Inspectors found a series of cases where children known to Wakefield Council's children's services department were at risk, but the situation had not …

Hundreds of children under 12 arrested over weapons possession in London, figures reveal

Nearly 300 children under the age of 12 were arrested for carrying a weapon in London over the last three years, figures show.<p>Metropolitan Police …

Underachieving boys 'benefit from targeted work experience'

Evidence from the work experience pilot, involving 20 year 10 boys, has found that their expected GCSE grades have increased, with some moving up two …

Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, charity warns

A survey of 224 of the charity's service managers representing more than 370 services found that 58.6 per cent had supported a young person involved …

Timpson warns of 'crossing the line' on children's services funding

In an interview with <i>CYP Now</i>, Timpson, who was children's minister for five years prior to <b>losing his parliamentary seat at the June 2017 general</b> …

Labour questions new youth justice minister's Serco links

Edward Argar, Conservative MP for Charnwood, has replaced Phillip Lee at the Ministry of Justice following Lee's resignation last week over the way …

Housing barriers threaten young offender rehabilitation, study finds

The research report by social justice charity Nacro and youth homelessness charity Centrepoint found that accessing safe and stable accommodation is …

Major children's trust 'making progress', Ofsted finds

Birmingham Council launched a children's trust in April in a bid to improve standards within children's services, which have been rated "inadequate" …

Surge in proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority children in custody

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that as of April, there were 940 under-18s in youth custody, of which 452 (48.1 per cent) were …

Sociology

Schools found to be excluding increasing number of autistic children

Department for Education statistics obtained via a Freedom of Information request by the charity Ambitious about Autism, show a 59 per cent rise in …

Inspectors praise youth work and education provision at improving YOI

HM chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said that leadership and staff at Werrington YOI near Stoke "deserved much credit" for having the …

MPs launch inquiry into role of youth work

The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for youth affairs will work with youth sector groups including the National Youth Agency to stage the …

Major study to explore whether child abuse triggers psychopathy

A team from the University of Huddersfield will survey the group of children, which will include a number of young offenders, in a bid to shed light …

Secure schools 'to be modelled on children's homes'

Plans to pilot two secure schools were first announced in December 2016, on the back of recommendations made in Charlie Taylor's review of the youth …