• Council apologies for failing to spot signs of historic exploitation

    11 June 2019

    Kirklees MBC has apologised for failing to protect two girls from abuse after an independent review found opportunities were lost to protect them from exploitation.

  • Westminster announces u-turn on cuts to youth services

    11 June 2019

    Westminster City Council leader Nickie Aiken has admitted the council made a mistake when it cut funding to youth services.

  • Readdressing reoffending

    28 May 2019

    Not enough is being done to prevent a system that sets people up to fail as soon as they are released from prison, says Bob Neill. It’s time for a holistic, multi-agency approach, done with local government involvement.

  • Police looking at new fraud allegations at West Dunbartonshire

    28 May 2019

    New information concerning alleged fraudulent activity at West Dunbartonshire Council has been passed to police.

  • Police launch investigation into £70k fraud at Surrey

    24 May 2019

    A police investigation is underway into how nearly £70,000 was ‘misspent’ by a council officer.

  • LGA decries youth offending budget cut

    24 May 2019

    Government funding to prevent young people entering a life of crime has reduced, sparking disappointment from the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Councils to play 'key' role as radicals return

    22 May 2019

    Local authorities will play a ‘key’ role in assessing potentially radicalised individuals and families returning from conflict zones such as Syria, a senior police officer has said.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Violence could delay EU poll

    22 May 2019

    Polling at the EU elections may be suspended if rioting or open violence breaks out today, returning officers have been told.

  • Is the Prevent strategy reaching maturity?

    22 May 2019

    The Home Office is positioning its controversial Prevent counter-terror activity alongside town hall safeguarding activities. Mark Conrad speaks to key players involved in a major pilot of the new regime, dubbed ‘Operation Dovetail’

  • Councils left in dark over youth offending budgets

    15 May 2019

    Funding uncertainty is undermining councils’ efforts to tackle knife crime and County Lines drug dealing, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

  • Cuts to youth services factor in knife crime rise - MPs

    07 May 2019

    The local areas that have experienced the largest cuts to their youth services budgets have reported some of the highest increases in knife crime, MPs have revealed.

  • Austerity holding back local government fight against knife crime

    30 April 2019

    ‘Inadequate’ Government leadership and funding is hindering local government in tackling knife crime, a former Whitehall tsar has said.

  • Committing to youth wellbeing

    24 April 2019

    Councils are being ‘forced to divert the limited funding they have left away from preventative work. But with levels of knife crime rising, will the Government put more money into targeted youth services responses? Ann McGauran reports

  • Pledges focus on what matters most to Londoners

    23 April 2019

    London Councils’ Pledges to Londoners set out the aspirations the 32 boroughs and the City of London have agreed to work on together to improve the lives of all the capital’s residents, says Peter John.

  • Halting knife crime is a multi-agency endeavour

    16 April 2019

    Rachel Dickinson says much greater investment is needed in children and young people if we are to make a difference to levels of knife crime - and treating serious youth violence as a public health issue makes absolute sense.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall warned as Brexit tensions grow

    03 April 2019

    ‘Early signs’ of escalating community tensions and hate crime related to Brexit have been reported to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), The MJ has learnt.

  • Consultation floats new legal duty in violence crackdown

    01 April 2019

    A new legal duty to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence could be introduced.

  • Rebuilding lives lost to slavery

    18 March 2019

    Local authorities must do more than meet the ‘bare minimum of the Modern Slavery Act’, writes Paul Gerrard. With councils spending more than £40bn a year, there is leverage that can and should be used for social good

  • A charter to tackle County Lines

    18 March 2019

    Islington LBC’s first report on the local implementaton of the Charter Against Modern Slavery shows it has led to progress in earlier identification of children at risk of exploitation through County Lines. Ann McGauran reports

  • Modern slavery referrals rocket

    15 March 2019

    Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils have soared tenfold in five years, new figures have shown.