In Depth

Knives linked to rise in custody

A rise in the number of young people in custody could be linked to a surge in knife possession offences.

New parliament: what issues lie ahead for the children's sector?

The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.

Inspections: Youth secure estate

Although the population of the youth secure estate has dropped substantially, youth custody settings are struggling to improve support for young people, with outcomes described as "not good enough".

Election 2017: Party Policy Guide

Neil Puffett has trawled the manifestos to provide the definitive guide to what the three main UK-wide parties pledge on key issues for children, young people and families.

Five steps to good resettlement

Analysis of voluntary sector projects shows successful approaches to helping young people leave custody.