Lancashire and Northamptonshire police are involved in a multi-agency early intervention initiative to develop new ways of working with children and young people with the aim of diverting them from a crime pathway.
The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.
The government is to strip the Youth Justice Board of most of its youth custody duties. Former chief John Drew says while there is merit to the plan, it raises concerns over resettlement work and ensuring a child focus.