Multi-agency unit to tackle 'county lines' crime launches

By Neil Puffett |

21 September 2018

A £3.6m unit to tackle "county lines" crime where gangs from urban areas exploit children to establish drug-dealing networks in rural areas has launched.

Youth groups receive £2.6m funding from London mayor

By Joe Lepper |

21 September 2018

Theatre and sports initiatives are among 36 youth projects to benefit from £2.6m worth of funding released by mayor of London Sadiq Khan to divert young people in the capital away from crime.

Health visitors are leaving the profession amid concerns that they are unable to keep children safe due to ongoing public health cuts, it has been claimed.

Formal sentencing principles for young adults, similar to those already in place for children, should be introduced to assist the courts and improve sentencing outcomes, a new report has said.

The worst council cuts are still to come, with more than £900m of reductions set to be made next year affecting children's services, early years, and youth services, the organisation representing county councils has warned.

Youth sector organisations announce merger

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

20 September 2018

Two youth work charities have merged in a bid to ensure the long-term future of their work, it has been announced.

The number of teenage girls who aspire to become leaders has fallen, with girls blaming the decline on a working climate that favours men and negative media coverage of women.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that a public health approach will be used to tackle serious violence in the capital, with a new a new Violence Reduction Unit featuring specialists in health, police and local government set to be established.

The Department for Education has dropped a target to review applications for support for adopted children within five days due to a high volume of applications.

Ofsted warns of lack of stability at 'inadequate' council

By Neil Puffett |

18 September 2018

Inspectors have raised concerns about the pace of improvement at a children's services department previously rated "inadequate" by Ofsted, warning that workforce instability is continuing to cause problems.