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Revised youth justice guidelines 'risk poorer outcomes'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

16 November 2018

Revised national standards for how to work with children in the youth justice system may be missing important details that will lead to confusion among professionals and poorer outcomes for children, former Youth Justice Board (YJB) chief executive John Drew has warned.

Local agencies still don't fully understand the scale of and risks posed by "county lines" drug running and other forms of child criminal exploitation, and must learn lessons from past child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases if they are to tackle the issue, a report has found.

Members of the UK Youth Parliament have chosen to campaign on tackling knife crime and lowering the voting age to 16 in 2019.

A total of 29 projects working to divert children and young people away from violent crime in England and Wales will receive government funding worth £17.7 million over two years, the Home Office has announced.

Government unveils secure school plans

By Joe Lepper |

08 November 2018

Details of how the first secure school to be built in England will be established and run have been published.

New technological ways of tackling serious youth violence - such as the use of drones or artificial intelligence (AI) to identify people carrying knives - are set to be considered as part of a government drive to develop innovative ideas.

Knife crime epidemic 'top concern' for young people

By Neil Puffett |

25 October 2018

A ballot of more than one million young people has identified rising levels of knife crime as their "top concern" to be debated as part of the annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament.

The number of suicides among children who are either in care or are known to social services as being at risk of abuse or neglect has increased by more than 30 per cent in the last year, it has emerged.

Local authorities will be able to bid for funding from a £5m government fund to boost the work their Troubled Families teams do with young people involved with gangs and serious youth violence, it has been announced.

The government has appointed Youth Justice Board (YJB) chair Charlie Taylor to lead a review into the use of pain-inducing restraint on young offenders.