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Young Offenders

Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the implementation of Lord Carlile’s recommendations arising from his February 2006 inquiry into children in custody; and if he will make a statement. (181451)

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) published its response to Lord Carlile’s inquiry in July 2006. Since that time, the YJB has been working hard to implement those of the recommendations that it accepted.

The YJB has implemented a code of practice across the secure estate for children and young people and is actively monitoring establishments’ compliance. It has also improved monitoring and data collection arrangements and undertaken a safeguarding review which is due to be completed by April 2008. The YJB is developing a work force development programme for the young people’s secure estate and is working with the Children’s Workforce Development Council to agree core competencies for people working with children.

The YJB is also in the process of developing more sophisticated conflict resolution techniques. Pilots in restorative justice and therapeutic crisis intervention techniques are both under way. The YJB has also considerably increased the number of outdoor exercise facilities for young people.