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There must be a culture change around materialism if youth crime is to fall, the chief executive of the Damilola Taylor Trust has said.

The Respect Taskforce is to be replaced, the Department for Children, Schools and Families has announced.

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has struck an agreement with YMCA England to help provide better support for under-18s leaving custody.

More than 95 per cent of children have been a victim of crime, according to a report released today by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Retaliation is a key motive as to why young people who have been victims of violent crime can turn to crime themselves, a study has found.

Pupil referral units' failure to turn excluded young people's lives around is causing the growth of gang crime, the head of an anti-gangs project said last week.

The government must do more to employ ex-young adult offenders within its own ranks, prisons minister David Hanson has said.

Too much emphasis is placed on the risk to society when releasing young offenders back into the community, a report has said.

The Howard League for Penal Reform has made a child protection complaint against Werrington Young Offender Institution.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown used the Labour Party conference to promise to spend 670m on youth services and to provide one-to-one support for families and teenagers in trouble.