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Children as young as seven are being used to move drugs for organised gangs, according to new research from The Children's Society.  

Children's services leaders are calling on the government to deliver a coordinated and sustainably funded knife crime strategy, which puts child protection and safeguarding at the top of the agenda.

A Christian youth charity has won the multimillion pound government contract to run the UK's first secure school from late 2020.

Teenager dies at Cookham Wood YOI

By Joanne Parkes |

01 July 2019

A teenager has died at a young offender institution in Kent.

Justice minister defends use of youth custody

By Joanne Parkes |

27 June 2019

Campaigners against child imprisonment have been dealt a blow after the government resisted calls to set out plans to end youth custody.

Steve Reed is new shadow children's minister

By Joanne Parkes |

26 June 2019

Steve Reed MP has been appointed the new shadow minister for children following the March resignation of Emma Lewell-Buck.

Self-help resources are increasingly being used by people worried about their sexual attitudes towards children, the Home Secretary has reported.

Rising levels of violence and use of force by staff at a young offender institution (YOI) has led to campaigners renewing calls for an end to the use of custody for children.

Vulnerable children are recruited to spy on criminals including sex offenders without the necessary safeguards to protect them from harm, the High Court has heard.

Secure children's home placements plummet

By Nina Jacobs |

07 June 2019

The number of children placed in secure children's homes has fallen to its lowest ever level, thanks to a significant reduction in youth justice placements, new figures show.