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Young People: Sexual Offences

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on therapeutic services for children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour in 2006-07. (140586)

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This specific information is not available. However, improving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a priority for the Government. The commitment to improve CAMHS is backed up by significant additional funding, with over £400 million in the four years to March 2007 made available to local authorities and the NHS. Over £100 million has also been made available for 2007-08. An element of these funds will have been used on services for young people who have sexually abused and who need CAMHS.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to promote and implement the new national strategy on young people who sexually harm others. (140609)

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The development of a cross Government National Policy Framework for the development of services for young people who sexually abuse is being led by the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice. The framework will aim to use existing resources in a more coherent and consistent approach. A major focus is to build on and bring together what is known about the best practice and most effective treatment interventions so that practitioners at the local level can share these and define responsibilities more clearly. The intention is to publish this document by the end of the year.