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Young Offenders: Drugs

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were screened positively for substance misuse in each year since 2002; how many accessed early intervention and treatment services in each such year; and if he will make a statement. (126057)

Data on the number of young people identified as requiring substance misuse assessment and accessing early intervention and treatment services are collected by the Youth Justice Board from youth offending teams and are set out in the tables.

The Youth Justice Board did not collect these data prior to 2004. The 2004-05 data were collected on young people accessing treatment within 10 days. In 2005-06 data were also collected on those receiving services within 20 days.

Young people receiving services later than these timescales were not reported to the Youth Justice Board.

These are not Home Office statistics and although care is taken in collating and analysing the returns used to compile the figures, the data are of necessity subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

Number of young people YOTs reported as requiring substance misuse assessment

Number

2004-05

17,524

2005-06

15,414

Numbers of young people YOTs report accessing early intervention and treatment services

Number

2004-05 (within 10 days)

10,645

Tier 2

7,672

Tier 3

2,826

Tier 4

147

2005-05 (within 20 days)

12,874

Tier 2

8,786

Tier 3

3,972

Tier 4

116

Note: Tiers 2, 3 and 4 refer to levels of service required for substance misuse issues of low, medium or high severity