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Vulnerable young people at risk of violence and exploitation in the London borough of Croydon have been let down by a lack of early help from social care, schools and other support agencies, a review has found.

Child gang activity should be made a national safeguarding priority to help councils face up the scale of the problem, the children's commissioner for England has warned.

Mayor of London fund aims to boost youth crime prevention

By Joanne Parkes |

22 February 2019

The mayor of London has claimed he is tackling rising knife crime with a multimillion pound fund that attempts to redress "crippling" cuts to youth services.

Home Office-backed youth advocates to take on knife crime

By Joanne Parkes |

14 February 2019

Community leaders including sports coaches and youth workers are to be offered specialist training to have "safe conversations" with young people, aimed at combating knife crime.

Government urged to close 'irredeemable' secure training centre

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 February 2019

A group of 36 children's rights advocates are urging the government to close a secure training centre (STC) where staff use pain-inducing restraint to control children.

Some children may be unnecessarily ending up with a criminal record because not all youth offending teams (YOTs) are offering diversion schemes, research suggests.

The disclosure of youth reprimands to employers has been ruled unlawful, in a landmark judgment which could benefit thousands of children.

Young adult offenders should be treated by the courts as a distinct group with lighter sentences and custody only used as a last resort, a charity has urged.

A secure training centre, criticised for its use of excessive force on young inmates, has continued to inappropriately use pain-inducing physical restraint, an inspection has found.

Half of boys in YOIs are from BME backgrounds

By Joe Lepper |

29 January 2019

The proportion of boys from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds detained in young offender institutions (YOIs) has risen to its highest level on record.