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Youth justice system is 'failing vulnerable young offenders'

PUBLISHED February 5, 2013

Vulnerable young offenders are at risk of serious and long-term problems because the youth justice system is failing to support their needs, according to child welfare charities and campaign groups. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week revealed a 21% increase in the number of young people in custody self-harming between 2010-11 and 2011-12. Three children died in custody during 2011-12, while incidents of physical restraint rose by 17% year on year.

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