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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.

Tackling Youth Violence: Special Report

Despite a recent fall in knife-related assaults, there are fears the pandemic has fuelled the factors that give rise to youth violence, prompting fresh calls for action to divert young people from harm.

Inspections Clinic: Multi-agency working

A review of multi-agency working in response to youth offending praises work to help young people move away from crime, but criticises the response around looked-after children, finds Jo Stephenson.

Inspections Clinic: Tackling disproportionality

Inspectors now assess how youth offending services promote diversity and address disproportionality. While the issue is on the radar of most teams, few have made sufficient progress, reports Jo Stephenson.

Twenty years of youth offending teams

This year, youth offending teams (YOTs) turned 20. Here, current and former YOT managers reflect on developments over the 20 years, while the YJB chair considers the challenges that lie ahead.

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.