Children: Community Sentences

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of The Earl of Listowel The Earl of Listowel Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are reviewing the balance between the surveillance and support elements of sentences served by children in the community.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and Offender Management)

The Government recognise that in order to be effective community sentences for young offenders must tackle offending behaviour, address educational and social problems and encourage young offenders to take responsibility for their behaviour. That is why we have introduced sentences which have expanded the range of non-custodial sentencing options available to the courts and offer flexible interventions to deal with offending behaviour and provide rehabilitative opportunities while also managing risk and protecting the public.

While the effectiveness and application of the community sentencing framework is subject to monitoring by the Home Office and YJB, there is no current review of the balance between the surveillance and support elements of community sentences served by young people.

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