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Children's services in a London borough are facing a major challenge due to an alarming increase in violent knife crime, but are starting to deal with the problem more effectively, Ofsted has said.

One in three councils are yet to consider how they will replace local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) with new arrangements for multi-agency working, a study has found.

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has said it has promised to find "significant savings" within the organisation as part of a deal with the government to ensure youth offending team (YOT) budgets are not cut this year.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will provide an additional £1.15m for community projects to help tackle the issue of knife crime in the capital.

A young offender institution (YOI) that has faced issues with gangs and high levels of violence in recent years has been praised by inspectors for "dramatic" improvements in safety.

A number of leaders from the youth sector have been appointed to sit on a government taskforce designed to address serious violence, it has been announced.

Crime prevention initiative set for expansion

By Joe Lepper |

20 April 2018

A pilot programme that works with young offenders as soon as they are taken into police custody in a bid to help divert them from crime and find work is to be expanded.

Government must broaden the scope of its workforce development plans for the children's sector if local authorities are to be able to deal with ongoing financial constraints, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services has said.

The increasing use of video links for court cases involving children could be affecting the chances of them getting a fair trial and should be urgently reviewed, children's charities and youth justice campaigners have said.

Feltham Young Offender Institution (YOI) is being blighted by "explosive violence" caused by a lack of activity for inmates who are being locked in their cells for too long, a damning report has concluded.