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Efforts to improve the way young offenders are dealt with are to be tested, with problem-solving courts set to be established across England.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to do more to divert young people with mental health issues away from crime.

The former chief executive of the Youth Justice Board has said that a lack of funding from central government is behind increasing levels of violence and safety concerns in youth custody.

Inspectors raise concerns over levels of violence at secure training centre; charity to take legal action on behalf of boy kept in solitary confinement; and changes to bail procedure due to come into effect next month, all in the news.

Courts will be required to take into account the overrepresentation of black and ethnic minority children in the youth justice system when they sentence children, under new guidance coming into force this summer.

Truss strips YJB of youth custody role

By Neil Puffett |

24 February 2017

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) will no longer be responsible for commissioning and overseeing the youth secure estate, with a new body being established to take on the role, it has been announced.

Inspectors praise YOT's work to reduce offending

By Joe Lepper |

22 February 2017

A youth offending team has been praised by a joint team of probation, health, and social care inspectors for its work to prevent reoffending.

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.

 

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