Young Offenders

Justice written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what measures are in place to support the resettlement of young offenders back into the community.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice is committed to reducing reoffending by young people. We believe that successful resettlement is key to achieving long-term sustainable outcomes for young people leaving custody.

Youth offending teams work closely with secure establishments, local authorities, young people and their families and carers, to prepare young people for release and to provide them with support to resettle them back into the community. Youth offending teams (YOTs) deliver a variety of interventions to reduce reoffending, and we recently announced a new system of support and escalation for those YOTs where improvements are required.

The Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board are undertaking a significant programme of work to improve the resettlement process and reduce reoffending rates. This includes the establishment of resettlement consortia and regional employer forums, and improvements to sentence planning for those young people in custody. Our response to the Transforming Youth Custody consultation, which was published in January, sets out our plans, and can be found online at:

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