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

Government plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from children's social care legislation will help councils to better support young people, the president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services has said.

The Brexit process risks taking up so much parliamentary time that unless legislation to make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory is pushed through now, it could be years before another opportunity emerges, Labour MP Stella Creasy has warned.

Eileen Munro 'deserts' controversial exemption clause

By Neil Puffett |

10 February 2017

A social work academic cited as one of the inspirations for controversial government plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from children's social care legislation has spoken out against the proposals, describing them as potentially dangerous.

The government is to significantly reduce the number of lone child refugees it plans to accept from Europe, claiming that local authorities do not have the capacity to accommodate them.

An initiative designed to support vulnerable child trafficking victims is unlikely to launch until 2019 at the earliest, more than four years behind schedule, it has been claimed.

Two local authorities where children's services are currently rated "inadequate" for leaving children at risk, were previously granted exemptions from statutory guidance on children's social care, it has emerged.

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

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.

Fewer families forcibly removed from UK

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

24 January 2017

The number of families being forcibly removed from the UK is on the decline, with more choosing to return voluntarily since a family returns system was introduced in 2011.