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Early Help: Special Report

Amid rising knife crime, youth homelessness and care referrals, the case for spending on early help has never been so important, yet investment in prevention services has been falling, fuelling late interventions.

Gangs and Criminal Exploitation: Special Report

A rise in gang violence and youth crime has prompted policymakers to develop legislation to tackle the threats and boost funding for statutory and voluntary agencies to support child criminal exploitation victims.

Special Report: Reducing Youth Reoffending

Youth justice services have developed a range of innovative approaches to engage repeat offenders, but experts say more needs to be done to support young people with the most entrenched problems.

A public health approach to youth violence

With violent crime on the increase in England, Tom de Castella asks what children's services can learn from the public health model that originated in the US and has reduced youth violence in Glasgow.

Are children's home arrests a problem?

The Howard League for Penal Reform is concerned that children in residential care are being criminalised unfairly, despite a report showing a fall in arrests. Experts debate if enough is being done to tackle the issue.