Youth Reoffending

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 17th March 2015.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge 11:30 am, 17th March 2015

Obviously, the way to tackle youth offending is to tackle the causes. We know that mental health problems play a substantial role in youth offending. That is one reason that I welcome the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement of a £1.25 billion investment in young people’s mental health, but what is the Ministry of Justice doing to try to make sure that young people with mental health problems—in or out of prison—get the support they need so they are treated rather than jailed?