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The latest proven reoffending statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that reoffending rates for children who are dealt with by way of youth caution at the police station are substantially lower than those receiving a custodial sentence.
Children are being reported and arrested for ‘sexting’ offences, including consensually sharing nude pictures on their phones and social media. This has attracted concern that children should not be unnecessarily prosecuted for ‘sexting’ offences.
New CPS guidance suggests ‘sexting’ between children or sharing of ‘youth produced sexual imagery’ should not be routinely prosecuted.
Problem-solving courts: An evidence review, Centre for Justice Innovation, August 2016
Report by the Centre for Justice Innovation reviewing the evidence collected by a working group on problem-solving courts. The report highlights how problem-solving courts could better address youth offending in some circumstances.
In two cases, the High Court has held that the scheme concerning the disclosure of convictions and cautions, is incompatible with ECHR art.8. These cases are significant as they challenge the legality of the enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service regime.
This research by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies highlights the high proportion of children in the criminal justice system with brain injuries and impairments. The report calls for health, education and family based interventions to prevent the unecessary criminalisation of children with neurodevelopmental impairment.
A report setting out progress made in improving relationships between children and the police since the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) inquiry in 2013-14. It sets out a final set of recommendations for government, policing leaders, and youth justice bodies.
The Ministry of Justice reveal their final terms of reference for the 2015/16 review into the youth justice system
The British Transport Police (BTP) have introduced a new national policy for dealing with young people. As of 2015 they will now refer all young people to their local Youth Offending Teams (YOT) for consideration of Out of Court Disposals (OOCDs) including community resolutions, youth restorative interventions, restorative justice and triage.
Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Out of Court Disposals (3 March 2015)
This report highlights the lack of consistency in administering out of court disposals (OOCDs). The report recommends simplifying the guidance to police officers, placing the guidance on a statutory footing and introducing scrutiny panels to avoid a postcode lottery.
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