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High rates of juvenile offending among prolific adult offenders, as well as links to poor educational attainment, poverty and school exclusions, are revealed by new Ministry of Justice data.

Serious concerns about children in secure accommodation are raised in a report published today, which finds that hundreds of children are "lost" in the system in potentially inappropriate settings.

Knife crime has risen more in areas which have seen the largest cuts to spending on youth services, according to new research carried out by a cross-party group of MPs.

Reoffending from youth custody on the rise

By Nina Jacobs |

30 April 2019

The proportion of young people released from youth custody who go on to reoffend within 12 months has risen to its highest level for two years, according to latest official figures.

Hundreds more families and young people are set to benefit from a £4m boost to a charity's rights advice service, after Coram received the largest single gift in its near 300-year history.

A young offender institution (YOI) has been slammed by inspectors for failing to curb high levels of violence and locking up too many children during the day.

MPs and Lords have called for a ban on the use of pain-inducing techniques and solitary confinement on young people in custody, and those detained on mental health grounds.

A children's rights campaign is calling for an end to imprisonment of young offenders for punishment and as a deterrent, condemning the practice as "cruel and unproductive".

A youth charter aiming to strengthen and co-ordinate national policy is to be developed with young people, the minister for civil society has announced.

The chair of the parliamentary education committee is urging the government to hand councils extra powers to scrutinise school exclusions.