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Young Offenders

Home Department written question – answered on 17th October 2005.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of promoting sporting participation as a way of reducing crime among young offenders; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Sport based activities are one of the key interventions delivered through the Youth Inclusion Programmes and Positive Activities for Young People and are part of the Government's wide package of measures to target and steer young people most at risk of crime and reduce their re-offending. Sport is also an important part of the Youth Justice Board's Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme. Evaluation shows this as one of the elements that is the most effective at reducing reoffending.

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