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Council failures are to blame for the placement of one in three homeless young offenders in unsuitable and unsafe accommodation across England and Wales, according to probation inspectors.

Spit hood use on children more than doubles

By Nina Jacobs |

13 December 2017

Instances of the controversial practice of police using spit hoods on children have risen dramatically this year, according to figures obtained by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (Crae).

The welfare and rights of vulnerable young people being questioned or detained by police could be threatened by proposed changes to Home Office codes of practice, a coalition of youth justice organisations has warned.

Labour urges action on youth knife crime

By Tristan Donovan |

04 December 2017

Labour has called on the government to deploy youth workers in hospitals to counter the growing number of young people dying from knife crime.

Children are being exploited by drugs gangs through so-called "county lines" crime, in at least two thirds of police force areas a National Crime Agency report has found.

More than a third of police and crime commissioners do not fund youth crime prevention initiatives, a government study has found.

Six out of 10 children and young people arrested in London are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, accordingly to latest analysis by criminal justice campaigners.

A secure training centre that saw more than 300 violent assaults on staff and young people in just six months has been branded unsafe by those who work there, according to a damning inspection report.

Young people in custody are being locked up in their cells for too long and are missing out on vital support due to staff shortages across the secure estate, inspectors have warned.

Ofsted praises multi-agency response to neglect

By Tristan Donovan |

13 November 2017

Case audits are helping agencies in Cheshire West and Chester deliver well co-ordinated and effective action to prevent the neglect of children, a deep-dive inspection has found.