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Knife crime epidemic 'top concern' for young people

By Neil Puffett |

25 October 2018

A ballot of more than one million young people has identified rising levels of knife crime as their "top concern" to be debated as part of the annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament.

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.

Charities working with children and vulnerable people will be subject to tougher safeguarding requirements as part of government efforts to protect them from harm.

Youth organisations are to receive a share of £5.3m in government funding to run projects that counter extremist views and encourage tolerance among communities.

Young people could benefit from improved access to community spaces after the government pledged up to £1.8m as part of its loneliness strategy to develop underutilised rural and urban areas.

More than 2,000 Year 9 pupils are to take part in a study to test how a military-based character education programme improves behaviour and attainment at school.

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.

DfE announces £24m youth employment initiative

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

08 October 2018

The government will invest £24m in improving education and career opportunities for young people in north east England, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said.

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.

A cross-government school sport and activity action plan will be developed as part of efforts to boost young people's "character, resilience, and grit" Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said.