National Protocol on Reducing Unnecessary Criminalisation of Looked-After Children and Care Leavers

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The Department for Education, in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector has published the National Protocol on Reducing Unnecessary Criminalisation of Looked-After Children and Care Leavers to support the work of local authority children’s services, local care providers (fostering services, children’s homes and other arrangements), police forces, Youth Offending Teams (YOTs), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), local Youth Panel (Magistrates), and local health services including mental health in working with children that are looked after.


Its key purpose is to encourage and provide the framework for these agencies to co-develop local arrangements to reduce the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers.

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