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Care Leavers and Children in Care: Criminal Proceedings

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the additional resources required to enable effective implementation of the national protocol on reducing unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers by Youth Offending Teams, the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, and local Youth Panels.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The National Protocol on Reducing Unnecessary Criminalisation of Looked-after Children and Care Leavers does not place any new statutory burdens on local authorities, the police, or other agencies. Positive practice improvements will ultimately see benefits for young people and the services on which they rely.

The Protocol has been developed with leaders from across the children’s social care, health and criminal justice sectors and endorsed as a positive step forward. We recognise that children who offend are often very vulnerable, with multiple and complex needs and difficulties, and are pleased to have fed into the Protocol.

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