Education: Young Offenders

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to ensure that all 16 and 17 year olds in (a) prison and (b) on community service are in accredited education and training; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

The availability of good quality and consistent education and training for young offenders in prison and in the community is critical to improving life outcomes and reducing re-offending rates. We outlined our plans to improve education and training for young offenders within the Children's Plan, published December last year. We are currently consulting on proposals for new funding and planning arrangements for pre and post-19 learning which includes plans for local authorities to lead on education and training for young people in juvenile custody. We will also include wider proposals to improve education and training for young offenders within the strategy on Youth Crime which we will be publishing later this year. This will include plans linking offender education more strongly with the 14 to 19 curriculum, quality improvement and work force development in order to ensure that young offenders have access to provision and qualifications which are consistent with mainstream education and training and which meets their personal needs.

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