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Draft standards miss the mark

By Derren Hayes |

02 January 2019

Experts warn revised youth justice standards may reduce children's rights and lead to inconsistent practice.

MoJ documents reveal details of how secure school will operate and what prospective providers must do to fulfil ministers' ambitions. But one expert fears that a lack of funding and too many children may harm its impact.

Are children's home arrests a problem?

By Andrew Neilson and Jonathan Stanley |

25 September 2018

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.

Tougher inspections for STCs

By Joe Lepper |

28 August 2018

Youth justice experts back plans for increased monitoring by inspectorates of secure training centres.

YOTs and universities link up

By Derren Hayes |

31 July 2018

Youth offending teams are creating partnerships with universities to improve knowledge of best practice.

Clarity sought on secure schools

By Neil Puffett |

26 June 2018

Proposals over size, location and mixed gender populations of secure schools raise campaigners' concerns.

Amid a rise in knife crime, new Serious Violence Strategy is to fund projects working with young people at risk of involvement with gangs. But experts say work with children needs to be in universal settings and start earlier.

Boosting YOI classroom time

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Experts call for changes to education provision in youth custody amid fall in classroom time in 2017.

PCCs put focus on young adults

By Derren Hayes |

27 February 2018

Police and crime commissioners are developing fresh ways to reduce offending by young adults.

A public health approach to tackling violent crime has been credited with cutting the murder rate in Scotland. Experts say the same model should be used in London following a rise in knife crime involving young people.