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Five key lessons from the Commission on Young Lives

Former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield has warned that the current children’s social care system is “making it too easy for criminals to exploit our teenagers” in her new role as chair of the Commission on Young Lives.

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.

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.

A decade on from the summer riots

It is 10 years since England was rocked by rioting and looting that spread from London to other cities. Experts, charities and young people explore whether lessons were learned and if it could happen again.

Secure children’s homes: Inspections Clinic

Secure children’s homes cater for some of the most vulnerable children but there is a serious shortage of placements. Jo Stephenson looks at how good partnerships and staff levels are key to inspection outcomes.

Youth Justice: Special Report

Against a background of continuing wide-ranging reforms of the youth justice system, CYP Now’s special report looks at the latest trends and policy developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

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.

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