A group of MP’s has released a report naming school exclusion as a key factor leading to grooming and criminal gang exploitation.
The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on knife crime has published a report asking for a government review on the number of children being excluded from school.
The report claims that the moment of school exclusion is the ‘tipping point’ that leads to young people becoming involved in knife crime. ‘It’s increasingly clear’, the report says, ‘that children outside of mainstream schools are at serious risk of grooming and exploitation by criminal gangs’.
The group have laid out the following 7 key recommendations for the government to pursue:
- School rankings and results must take account of all pupils, including those they exclude.
- All excluded children must have access to the full time education they are legally entitled to – too many do not currently get this.
- All education providers must have the funding and backing they need to support vulnerable children.
- Schools must be recognised for the central role they play in a multi-agency response to keeping children safe, with funding to support this work.
- Everyone working in the education sector must be trained to understand vulnerability and trauma. Best practice should be identified and spread.
- Schools should be supported to focus on prevention and early intervention.
- Every council should have a leader responsible for children excluded from school.
Read the report here.