Library – Crime/ASB

Advice to parents and carers on gangs

Added: 17/08/2018 at 9:30 am Category: Crime/ASB

The vast majority of young people are not involved in gangs and want nothing to do with them. However, the behaviour of the small number of young people who are involved has a significant impact on communities, on their families and associates, as well as themselves.This leaflet sets out some information to help parents identify and respond if their children are affected by gangs.

Back to School? Breaking the link between school exclusions and knife crime

Added: 28/10/2019 at 8:20 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education

School exclusions have been increasing at an alarming rate. Huge proportions of excluded children have special educational needs and other, often unaddressed, vulnerabilities. In many cases there is literally nowhere for them to go. All children must have access to the high-quality full-time education that gives them the best chances in life, to stay away from harm and go on to achieve their potential. It’s a travesty that so many children are being locked out of education and the opportunities that come with it. Schools have a vital role to play in the effort to prevent and tackle serious youth violence. Excluding a child must be a last resort. But too often we are hearing of schools struggling to find resources to support children and manage their behaviour, or being too hasty to exclude a child for minor misbehaviour.

Becoming Trauma Informed

Added: 06/07/2018 at 12:43 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Safeguarding

Criminal justice professionals have become more aware of the effects of interpersonal violence on the lives of many women and of the impact this has in custodial settings. Jurisdictions need to become “trauma informed” in order to understand and deal with the effects of toxic stress, neglect, and abuse on the physical health, mental health, and management issues of women involved in the criminal justice system. When criminal justice staff members become trauma informed, they develop greater understanding of the typical behaviours that are reactions to authority and confinement, and they gain new skills in responding to these behaviours. Using trauma-informed practices also enhances safety and security in women’s facilities.

Child arrests in England and Wales 2018 – Research briefing

Added: 16/12/2019 at 7:58 am Category: Crime/ASB

In 2010, the Howard League launched a programme to reduce the high number of child arrests in England and Wales. We have worked closely with police forces around the country to reduce the number of children coming into the criminal justice system and to prevent children’s lives being blighted by criminal records and unnecessary police contact.

Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children involved in Gangs in England

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:26 am Category: Crime/ASB, Health/Wellbeing

This paper reports the findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children in involved in gangs, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. The report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

Crime Recording in Schools

Added: 26/03/2018 at 11:48 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education

In April 2002, the police service in England (and Wales) adopted the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) which governs the way in which police record crime.

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

Added: 08/11/2018 at 9:00 am Category: Crime/ASB, Safeguarding

This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. It does not provide information about the entirety of the county lines issue. The document is a supplement to an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies, to help identify and protect those exploited through this criminal activity.

Gangs and Exploitation: A youth work response to COVID-19

Added: 08/06/2020 at 9:55 am Category: Crime/ASB, Drugs, Safeguarding

This report builds on the insights from NYA’s ‘Out of Sight?’ research (April 2020) on the vulnerabilities of young people caused or exacerbated by COVID-19. Here, we take a deeper look at the scale of and response to gang- associated activity, the exploitation of young people through lockdown and the impact of COVID-19.

Government publishes new serious violence strategy

Added: 20/04/2018 at 10:55 am Category: Crime/ASB

The Home Office have published their strategy for responding to the recent increase in serious violence, knife and gun crime and homicide in England and Wales. Given that a high number of perpetrators are children and young people, a significant part of the strategy is directed at them.

Home Office Guidance: Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines

Added: 20/09/2018 at 9:07 am Category: Crime/ASB

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is a geographically widespread form of harm that is a typical feature of county lines activity. It is a harm which is relatively little known about or recognised by those best placed to spot its potential victims. This guidance is intended to explain the nature of this harm to enable practitioners to recognise its signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help they need.

Howard League Toolkit for sentencing children

Added: 26/03/2018 at 9:43 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

Following workshops with 80 children who have been through the criminal courts, the Howard League for Penal Reform have published a toolkit for adults working with or supporting children through the sentencing process.

Lives, not Knives: Young People’s perspectives on knife crime

Added: 02/03/2020 at 7:24 am Category: Crime/ASB

New report from Nacro calls for action on youth knife crime crisis as cautions and convictions for carrying knives in England and Wales reach record highs. A new report from social justice charity, Nacro, reveals that young people believe fear is the main reason behind carrying knives, and that tougher penalties and longer prison sentences do not deter young people from carrying knives.

National Child Centred Policing Action Plan

Added: 30/05/2018 at 8:56 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education, Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding, Youth Justice

Our Generation’s Epidemic: Knife Crime

Added: 17/02/2020 at 7:47 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

Knife crime affects people of all ages and backgrounds across the country, and all too often both perpetrator and victim are young people. However, throughout our inquiry we heard evidence that a young person’s risk of getting involved in knife crime is dramatically different between different groups of young people. Young people who for example experience mental health issues, adverse childhood experiences, have learning difficulties, live in poverty or are excluded from school are more likely to be vulnerable to involvement in knife crime.

Representing looked-after children at the police station: a step-by-step guide for lawyers

Added: 10/10/2019 at 9:04 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

The guide, jointly published by Just for Kids Law and the Howard League for Penal Reform, aims to reduce the overcriminalisation of children in care. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Youth Justice Legal Centre at Just for Kids Law have worked together to produce the document, which offers guidance on practical steps that lawyers should take to ensure that looked-after children receive the support and assistance they need and are entitled to. Looked-after children, and particularly those living in residential care, are disproportionately criminalised, compared to other children. They are less likely to receive support from family members or another trusted adult at the police station, and they should be entitled to additional protections set out in law, policy and guidance.

Securing a brighter future: The role of youth services in tackling knife crime

Added: 12/03/2020 at 7:30 am Category: Crime/ASB

Serious violence has doubled, and too many young people are dying on our streets. While enforcement will always be a key part of our response to this epidemic, there is clear evidence that Government investment can achieve better outcomes if it prioritises preventing violence at its roots – such as investment in youth services – than dealing with its consequences.

Strengthening youth diversion

Added: 28/01/2020 at 8:18 am Category: Crime/ASB

Point-of-arrest youth diversion can reduce crime, keep communities safer, cut costs, and create better outcomes for children.1 Point-of-arrest youth diversion gives young people the chance to avoid both formal processing (either through an out of court disposal or a prosecution in court) and a criminal record, in return for the completion of community-based interventions.

Tips for when you come into contact with young people

Added: 25/08/2020 at 8:39 am Category: Crime/ASB

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has worked with their youth panel to develop a guide for officers coming into contact with young people.

When to call the police: Guidance for schools & colleges (NPCC)

Added: 10/08/2020 at 3:06 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Drugs, Education, Online Safety, Safeguarding

This advice is for school and college staff with responsibility for behaviour management, including designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools and colleges in England. This advice covers incidents on school and college premises where students have potentially committed a crime. It provides guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police.

Young people’s voices on youth court

Added: 20/05/2020 at 9:36 am Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

This briefing paper highlights the experiences of young people in youth courts in their own words. and draws from research conducted for our forthcoming research report, co-authored with the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR), Time to get it right: Enhancing problem-solving practice in the Youth Court, which is due to be published in early July.

Youth Justice Statistics 2018/19

Added: 03/02/2020 at 1:06 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Youth Justice

The Youth Justice System (YJS) in England and Wales works to prevent offending and reoffending by children. The YJS is different to the adult system and is structured to address the needs of children. This publication looks at the YJS in England and Wales for the year ending March 2019. It considers the number of children (those aged 10-17) in the system, the offences they committed, the outcomes they received, their demographics and the trends over time.

Youth Violence Commission Final Report

Added: 20/07/2020 at 9:47 am Category: Crime/ASB

Since the production of this report in March 2020, the world has faced the unprecedented threat of COVID-19. In light of this unique situation, we felt it was important to add an addendum to our original report addressing the impact of COVID-19 and implications for our findings and recommendations.

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