Young Offenders: Children in Care

Home Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the (a) July 2018 Howard League for Penal Reform publication, Know your numbers: using data to monitor and address criminalisation and (b) work of Durham police who are using data as part of a programme of work with children's homes, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of using data to help reduce criminalisation and safeguard children living in children's homes.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

In November 2018 the Government published a national protocol to reduce the unnecessary criminalisation of children in care and care leavers. It advocates a multi-agency, whole system approach recognising that the care system is not just about keeping children safe, but also promoting recovery, resilience and wellbeing. The protocol stresses the importance of the development of strong understanding of local data and circumstances in reducing criminalisation, offending and reoffending.

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