Expert Opinions

List of publications

During our borough specific search we came a cross a range of publications that provided facts and statistics, general and specific information about Young People, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Gangs. 

Publications from the Web

We have provided links to a number of the publications and will add to this list over the coming months.

Black and minority ethnic communities, mental health and criminal justice. Bradley Commission briefing 1 - Center for Mental Health.

Confronting Child Sexual Exploitation in London, March 2015. The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has published the report –'Confronting Child Sexual Exploitation in London' – which explores London's approach to protecting children and young people from sexual exploitation.

Die another day: a practitioner's review with recommendations for preventing gang and weapon violence in London (Jonathan Toy 2008).

Family Matters: Catch22 Dawes Unit: Research paper providing a snapshot of the support available for families of gang-involved young people in the UK.

Gang and Group Offenders - A Practitioner's Handbook of Ideas & Interventions: London Criminal Justice Partnership (CJP). A Handbook to support practitioners in their work with this group, and with the complex needs they present.

Gangs in Prison: The nature and impact of gang involvement among prisoners: Catch 22 Dawes Unit - This study explores how prisoners considered to be involved in gangs in the community develop associations and allegiances in a London-based prison.

Gang-involved young people: custody and beyond: research report. Beyond Youth Custody. This report draws inferences from both the literature and key 'informants' working in the field to explore desistance from gang crime, the rehabilitation of gang-involved young people and, in particular, how their period of incarceration and return from custody might best be managed.

Girls and Gangs - XLP. Centre for Social Justice Criminal Justice Programme. This short paper again calls on the Government to present a coherent, far-sighted programme to tackle the UK's gang problem. In doing so it highlights the plight of girls and young women associated with gangs who are often marginalised in discussion of these issues.

How to tailor the resettlement process to meet the needs of gang-involved young people: Beyond Youth Custody - Joel Dawes, Community Support Worker -Nacro. Joel Dawes talks about some of the complexities involved in the resettlement of gang-involved young people and the rewards of seeing an entrenched gang member decide to 'go straight'.

Identifying the Strategic Ambitions for London Gangs and Serious Youth Violence: findings from the literature review and consultation. MOPAC.

"I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world". The Office of the Children's Commissioner's inquiry in to child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups: interim report. Berelowitz, S. et al (2012) London: Office of the Children's Commissioner.

"It's wrong… but you get used to it" is a qualitative study of gang-associated sexual violence towards, and exploitation of, young people in England. A report commissioned by the Office of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups.

Key data on adolescence 2013 is a compendium of publically available data on adolescence. Published by AYPH.

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat: Improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis - Department of Health and Concordat signatories.

Mental health needs of gang-affiliated young people – A briefing on the burden of mental illness faced by young people involved with gangs, part of the 'Ending Gang and Youth Violence' programme. Public Health England.

Mental Health Statistics: Young minds web page on key statistics about children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

No health without mental health: Department of Health (2012). A cross government outcomes strategy for people of all ages.

Puppet on a String reveals the urgent need to cut children free from sexual exploitation. This report outlines what is known about the scale and nature of sexual exploitation across the UK and points to some worrying new trends identified by Barnardo's 22 specialist services.

Costs of ADHD. The lifetime costs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The high costs of ADHD support an economic case for early intervention. But despite most families seeking help, only a minority of children receive the appropriate treatment.

Research into gang-associated sexual exploitation and sexual violence: interim report. Beckett, H. et al (2012). Luton: University of Bedfordshire.

Responding to child sexual exploitation guidance. College of Policing-Authorised Professional Practice (APP) Responding to child sexual exploitation guidance is designed to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) matters, increase reporting, disrupt offender activity and increase safeguarding measures to help protect children and young people from being sexually exploited.

Running the Risks: The links between gang-involvement and young people going missing. Report by Catch22 Dawes Unit in partnership with Missing People. July 2015.

Self-harm longer-term management. NICE Clinical Guideline 133. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2011).

Seriously awkward - The Children's Society has published a report analysing the challenges facing vulnerable 16-17-year-olds as they transition to adulthood. Findings include: 16-17-year-olds are more at risk of abuse and neglect at home, sexual exploitation and domestic violence than any other age group, yet there are gaps in legal protection for them and a lack of age appropriate support.

The London Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol (2014) was developed by the Metropolitan Police Service and used across London.

This is it. This is my life...: The Female Voice in Violence Project. Final report: ROTA (March 2011).

Strategic Framework for Responding to Gang-Associated Women and Girls - November 2013. The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) strategic framework to support London boroughs and agencies in devising their strategic and operational responses to young women and girls involved in or associated to criminal gangs.