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Serious Violence Strategy: experts advocate earlier interventions

Amid a rise in knife crime, new Serious Violence Strategy is to fund projects working with young people at risk of involvement with gangs. But experts say work with children needs to be in universal settings and start earlier.

Boosting YOI classroom time

Experts call for changes to education provision in youth custody amid fall in classroom time in 2017.

PCCs put focus on young adults

Police and crime commissioners are developing fresh ways to reduce offending by young adults.

Experts look to public health model to tackle surge in youth knife crime

A public health approach to tackling violent crime has been credited with cutting the murder rate in Scotland. Experts say the same model should be used in London following a rise in knife crime involving young people.

PCCs and youth crime prevention

Experts call for police and crime commissioners to do more to fund youth crime prevention work.

Joining youth and family courts

Experts assess the barriers to integrated youth and family courts system following Munby intervention.

Police academy: how forces are on the front line of early intervention

Lancashire and Northamptonshire police are involved in a multi-agency early intervention initiative to develop new ways of working with children and young people with the aim of diverting them from a crime pathway.

Plan to tackle disproportionality

Justice experts react to review recommendations on ways to reduce offending by BAME young people.

Dealing with violence in YOIs

A youth work programme could provide the solution for tackling high levels of violence in youth custody.

Knives linked to rise in custody

A rise in the number of young people in custody could be linked to a surge in knife possession offences.

How youth work can play a pivotal role in combating radicalisation

In the wake of the London and Manchester terror attacks, experts are calling on the government to involve young people and community groups in creating effective ways to address marginalisation and extremist views.

Inspections: Youth secure estate

Although the population of the youth secure estate has dropped substantially, youth custody settings are struggling to improve support for young people, with outcomes described as "not good enough".

Youth courts: a problem-solving approach

Blackburn Magistrates' Court is one of the first to try a problem-solving approach to work with young offenders in an effort to improve their wellbeing and cut reoffending rates. Jo Stephenson investigates.

Five steps to good resettlement

Analysis of voluntary sector projects shows successful approaches to helping young people leave custody.

Tackling youth offending in Spain

Spain has a markedly different attitude to crime committed by children and young people and how best to deal with it.

Tackling offender mental health

A MAC-UK scheme could point the way for supporting young offenders with mental health problems.

Youth custody overhaul raises risk of a 'fragmented system'

The government is to strip the Youth Justice Board of most of its youth custody duties. Former chief John Drew says while there is merit to the plan, it raises concerns over resettlement work and ensuring a child focus.

The policy context on youth offending

Over the past decade, the number of young people in the criminal justice system has fallen consistently. This reflects a decline in rates of youth offending, but also changes in the way the youth justice system and wider children's services respond to young people when they start to display problem behaviour.

Childhood trauma and offending

How improving awareness of childhood trauma can help practitioners rehabilitate young offenders

Links between SEND and offending

High numbers of children with SEND enter the youth justice system because of inadequate support.

Tackling reoffending together

How children's services and youth justice agencies can work together to reduce reoffending.

Study identifies what works best in cutting youth reoffending

Why building strong relationships between youth offending team staff and young offenders is critical in preventing young people from committing further crimes.

Good Practice

Police and young Cumbrians work together to tackle youth crime issues

Police leaders in Cumbria have created a platform for local young people to engage peers in identifying youth policing priorities.

Children's Social Care Innovation Programme: Support for complex adolescents

Projects in the first phase of the DfE's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme have been evaluated to identify common themes. This briefing summarises learning on meeting the needs of complex adolescents.

Lessons from Serious Case Reviews: Teenagers

The NSPCC has analysed evidence from serious case reviews to identify learning. This issue summarises the lessons for working with teenagers and the vulnerabilities they can face.

Bristol Reparation Service

Project run by Catch 22 for Bristol Youth Offending Team (YOT) enables young offenders to make amends through community service, while being worked with restoratively.

Lessons from Serious Case Reviews: Harmful sexual behaviour

The NSPCC has analysed evidence from serious case reviews to identify learning. In this issue, we look at risk factors and best practice around harmful sexual behaviour by children and young people.

Lessons from Serious Case Reviews: Police and law enforcement

The NSPCC has analysed evidence from serious case reviews to identify learning. In this issue, we look at the risk factors and lessons for police and law enforcement professionals working with children.

Just Health

Consultation gathered young people's views on what needs to change in the youth justice system to improve their emotional health.

Action for Children - Multisystemic therapy, Manchester

Intensive, home-based programme supporting young people on the edge of care, and their families.

Kinetic Youth

Rehabilitates young people in custody through youth work activities and education support.

Sutton Youth Offending Team

How the team uses referral orders to help young people stop their offending behaviour before it becomes entrenched.

Malachi Community Trust

Programme for schools to identify children with troubling behaviour and support their families.

Junction 21 Mentoring and Advocacy Service

Volunteer mentors for young people involved in antisocial behaviour.

How support to change behaviour drives down youth offending

Project reduces violent and alcohol-related offences by young people.

Skills for the Job: Support BAME young offenders

With a high proportion of young offenders from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, practitioners must be sensitive to their needs.

How course reduces risk of offending behaviour

Project improves outcomes for 14- to 25-year-olds with learning or communication difficulties involved in or at risk of offending.

Research

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Research Report: Patterns of Offending Behaviour in Relation to Time Spent In and Out of Care

Looked-after children are more likely to have an official record of offending behaviour than the general population.

Service users as the key to service change? The development of an innovative intervention for excluded young people

Young people affected by street gangs and those at risk of offending often have high levels of unmet mental health needs.

Preventing Youth Offending: Research evidence

Four studies on: Learning disability nursing; Risk, promotive and protective factors; Restorative justice-based practices; and Reinventing Diversion

Long-Term Recidivism Risk of Young Sexual Offenders in England and Wales

How the risks posed by juvenile sex offenders change over time.