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Election 2015: Party Policy Guide

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Derren Hayes has trawled the manifestos to provide the definitive guide to what the main parliamentary parties are pledging on key issues for children, young people and families.

Extending youth justice beyond age 18 is a no-brainer

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The number of young people in the youth justice system has fallen dramatically. When I departed the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in 2008, the numbers in youth custody had just peaked at over 3,000. Today, they have dropped to below 1,000, with corresponding closures of young offender institutions, secure training centres and local authority secure children's homes.

Suffering inside: The welfare of children in custody

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
As many as one in five children in custody has attempted suicide, while many more self-harm. Joe Lepper explores what the youth secure estate and health services are doing to reduce risk and protect the welfare of this vulnerable group.