Youth justice roundup

Neil Puffett
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Youth offending service praised, school exclusions and grants to address anti-social behaviour, all in the news in the past seven days.

The youth offending service for the London boroughs of Richmond and Kingston has been commended by HM Inspectorate of Probation. YourLocalGuardian.co.uk reports that inspectors concluded that while the two borough's services had only merged in June, the combined service showed strengths across the board.

More than 510 under 11s have been excluded from schools in Bradford in the past three years, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports. Teachers' union NASUWT said children as young as five had brought cannabis into the city's schools and older primary pupils had turned up with knives and BB guns.

Youth organisations in Surrey are being offered grants towards youth work in the area. Surrey County Council plans to distribute £220,000 to groups supporting young people not on education, employment or training and helping keep young people safe from crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Scottish Government has published a discussion paper on the rehabilitation of offenders. The paper seeks views on how long it should take before convictions become 'spent' for both adult and young offenders.

Police and crime commissioners should be able to hire and fire prison governors, a report has suggested. The Policy Exchange think tank says the 41 Commissioners in England and Wales are currently operating “with one arm tied behind their backs” because they have no influence over important parts of the criminal justice system

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