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Social workers should consider home visits for at least six months if there are suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidance has suggested.

Young people in custody need more help and support through the internal discipline process, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) has said.

Ofsted praises SEN funding approach in Leeds

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

17 February 2017

The way young people with special educational needs are funded in Leeds is among a number of areas of practice to be praised following an inspection of provision.

The Ministry of Justice has been criticised for its "weak" response to a major review of youth justice.

MPs have called on the government to overhaul its flagship counter-terrorism strategy to ensure it better engages with young people and avoids stigmatising them.

Youth Justice Board chair Lord McNally has added his voice to calls for children's criminal records to be erased at 18.

Child arrests fall but violence in custody rises

By Neil Puffett |

26 January 2017

The number of under-18s being arrested is continuing to fall, but levels of violence and self-harm in youth custody are on the rise, government figures show.

Call for MPs to probe impact of criminal records

By Neil Puffett |

25 January 2017

MPs conducting an inquiry into employment opportunities for young people should investigate the impact that having a criminal record can have on future prospects, a youth justice organisation has said.

Inspectors praise efforts to tackle violence at YOI

By Neil Puffett |

17 January 2017

Attempts to improve safety at a young offender institution (YOI) beset by issues with violence in recent years have been praised by inspectors.

Magistrates issue 'exemption clause' warning

By Joe Lepper |

10 January 2017

Magistrates have added their voice to fears that measures in the Children and Social Work Bill to allow councils to opt out of children's legislation will undermine the rights of vulnerable young people.

 

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