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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.

A teenage girl is the first young person to have taken their own life in a secure children's home for more than 20 years, it has emerged.

Improving the availability of after school youth work programmes could protect young people from serious violence, according to a Labour MP leading an inquiry into youth violence.

The current criminal records system is preventing children from moving on from their mistakes and should be changed, a Conservative MP has warned.

A drug dealer has been jailed for 14 years in the first successful prosecution under legislation to tackle "county lines" crime, in which gangs exploit vulnerable children to establish drug networks.

The first secure school for young offenders will be opened on the site of a secure training centre where allegations of abuse emerged following an undercover investigation, it has been announced.

Projects that support vulnerable children will be given the opportunity to access a new £200m fund as part of efforts to tackle serious youth violence, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will announce today.

CYP Now top 10 stories September 2018

By Neil Puffett |

28 September 2018

With MPs returning from their summer break and local authorities beginning preparations for next year's budgets, it has been a busy month in the sector. Here is a run-down of the most-read stories published on the CYP Now website in September.

Inspectors have warned that standards at a youth offending service are slipping due to low staffing levels and high caseloads, threatening to put children's safety at risk.