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Crime: Schools

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of safer schools partnerships in reducing crime in schools. (143210)

A University of York evaluation published in January 2006 showed that Safer School Partnerships (SSPs) are proving effective in improving behaviour and attendance, with truancy falling significantly and pupils feeling much safer. Unfortunately this evaluation was not able to measure any changes in offending because the appropriate data were not held. However, positive feedback on changes in behaviour and offending has also been received from many police officers, teachers and other local agencies that have been involved in SSPs.