Thousands of young people injured after being ‘restrained’ by officers – The Independent

‘Thousands of children and teenagers have been injured while being physically restrained in secure facilities, new figures have shown. Ministers have been urged to rethink heavy-handed techniques for restraining minors after official statistics revealed there have been more than 4,800 cases since 2010 where young people were hurt by being pinned down by officials.’

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The Independent, 13th November 2017

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Met Police holding children in custody for too long, says prison watchdog – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2017 in children, custody, London, news, police, young offenders by tracey

‘Children are being held for too long in police custody once they are charged with an offence, the prison watchdog has warned. A report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found that too many children in north and north-east London were being kept in cells overnight and even at weekends, despite a statutory duty for authorities to provide them with alternative accommodation.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2017

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Law and religion round-up – 5th November – Law & Religion UK

‘A week in which the Westminster sexual exploitation scandal continued to claim scalps, there was an important report on House of Lords reform – and Brexit rumbled on’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th November 2017

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Too many children in criminal court, says senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in children, crime, criminal justice, judges, news, speeches, young offenders, young persons by tracey

‘Too many children are being criminalised by the courts, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has warned. Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, said that the Crown Prosecution Service should look at changing its charging policy for children so that fewer of them end up in the criminal courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2017

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Youth Justice System ‘Falls Short’ of Human Rights Obligations, MPs Claim – Rights Info

‘The current system of disclosing past convictions undermines the principles of the youth justice system, according to a report published today by the Justice Committee.’

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Rights Info, 27th October 2017

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Youth crime disclosure rules wholly inappropriate, say MPs – BBC News

‘Rules on disclosing crimes committed in childhood in England and Wales should be “radically revised”, say MPs.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2017

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Family court data links adverse family experiences with proven youth offending – Family Law

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in children, family courts, news, recidivists, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Children in contact with the public law system are more likely to offend and commit multiple offences between the ages of 10 and 17 than those of the equivalent age group in the general population, according to an analytical summary published by the Ministry of Justice this week.’

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Family Law, 20th October 2017

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LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th October 2017

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Charlie Alliston: Cyclist detained over pedestrian death – BBC News

‘A cyclist who knocked over and killed a 44-year-old woman in east London has been sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2017

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Teenagers convicted of homophobic hate crime – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three teenagers who pleaded guilty to attacking two passengers on a train because of their sexuality have today been jailed. The three male youths, two aged 16 and one aged 17, were each sentenced to six months in prison at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 14 September, after admitting violent disorder and, in one case, possession of an offensive weapon.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2017

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Katie Rough: Teenager who killed the seven-year-old girl to undergo psychiatric testing – The Independent

Posted September 8th, 2017 in homicide, mental health, news, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who smothered and stabbed to death a seven-year-old girl to find out whether she was a robot has been ordered to be detained for psychiatric assessment under the Mental Health Act.’

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The Independent, 7th September 2017

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Boy, 15, jailed for ‘pure evil’ murder of Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2017 in news, offensive weapons, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘Parents call for “adult sentences” for teenage killers to deter use of knives after boy is imprisoned for at least 14 years.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2017

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Court summons social services director over accommodation failure – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Southwark’s social services director has been ordered to appear before a judge after the council could find no suitable accommodation available for a teenager described as “troubled and dangerous”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st August 2017

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Teenagers guilty of killing man with stolen marine distress flare – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 29th, 2017 in explosives, homicide, press releases, theft, young offenders by tracey

‘Two teenagers have today (24 August) been found guilty of manslaughter after they threw a lit marine distress flare into a car where a man was sleeping.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th August 2017

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No secure care place available for ‘dangerous’ teenager, UK judge told – The Guardian

‘A senior judge has expressed concern after being told there is no secure accommodation anywhere in the country for a “troubled and dangerous” teenager believed to be involved in serious gangland activity.’

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The Guardian, 24th August 2017

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Cyclist Charlie Alliston guilty over pedestrian’s death – BBC News

‘A cyclist who knocked over and killed a 44-year-old woman in east London last year has been cleared of her manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 23rd August 2017

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HMP Aylesbury officer jailed over sex texts to inmate – BBC News

‘A prison officer has been jailed after she had an inappropriate relationship with a young inmate.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2017

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Arkadiusz Jozwik death: Teen found guilty of manslaughter – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2017 in homicide, news, young offenders by sally

‘A teenage boy has been found guilty of killing a man with a “superman punch”.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2017

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Two boys jailed for life for murdering teenager with ‘Rambo-style knife’ – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2017 in gangs, London, murder, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, wounding, young offenders by sally

‘Two 15-year-old gang members who murdered an innocent teenager with a “Rambo-style knife” have been given life sentences.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2017

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Prisons inspector warns of ‘staggering’ decline in safety at youth jails – The Guardian

‘There has been a “staggering” decline in standards and safety at youth jails in England and Wales, the chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2017

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