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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.

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.

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.

Young people with mental health issues linked to cannabis use are being turned away from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), a report has suggested.

An increase in media coverage of knife crime and gang issues has contributed to high levels of arrests of black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) children and their disproportional representation in youth custody, a charity has said.

More must be done to tackle music videos posted to social media sites glamourising drug dealing and murder if high levels serious youth violence are to be addressed, a Labour MP has said.

Inspectors praise creative youth justice work in Hampshire

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 September 2018

Hampshire's youth offending services (YOS) have been praised for "creative" approaches to interventions, assessments and planning, with inspectors judging provision to be "good" overall.  

Youth offending services in Derby have been rated as "good" overall with particular praise for work to reduce the risk of children and young people reoffending, including support for siblings.

A new national unit will be established to help local areas improve support for vulnerable children and young people at risk of exploitation, the Department for Education has announced.

Early help services for vulnerable children and families face deep cuts in the coming year unless the government provides extra funding for councils, the president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has warned.