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New director for London's Violence Reduction Unit

By Joanne Parkes |

24 January 2019

The Mayor of London has recruited the leader of Lambeth Council to head up the capital's Violence Reduction Unit.

Youth parliamentarians target knife crime

By Joanne Parkes |

24 January 2019

Tackling knife crime has reached the top of the agenda for youth parliamentarians after more than a million young people voted to prioritise the issue.

A serious case review (SCR) has criticised the use of pain-inducing physical restraint at Medway Secure Training Centre (STC), saying it increases the risk of young inmates being abused.

Calls to overhaul youth remand system

By Joe Lepper |

10 January 2019

A raft of reforms are needed to tackle rising rates of unconvicted children being "warehoused in unsafe child jails", a youth justice organisation has claimed.

Spending on Sure Start children's centres and services for under fives plummeted by £110m last year, according to latest government data.

YOI fails younger inmates, inspection finds

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

07 January 2019

A young offender institution (YOI) has been criticised for failing to understand the developmental needs of young prisoners, according to a recent inspection.

Google to fund charities to tackle youth violence

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

12 December 2018

Internet giant Google will provide grants totalling £600,000 to charities and community organisations as part of efforts to tackle violent crime, it has been announced.

Serious violence: £200m fund opens to youth projects

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

10 December 2018

A £200m government fund to tackle rising levels of serious youth violence by supporting projects that help vulnerable children aged between 10 and 14, has opened to bids.

Inspectors praise 'outstanding' youth offending team

By Neil Puffett |

05 December 2018

A council's youth offending team has been rated "outstanding" following an inspection.

Involving magistrates in post sentence reviews for young offenders has the potential to reduce community order breaches and should be adopted nationwide, according to a youth offending service (YOS) that is pioneering the approach.