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Young People: Crime Prevention

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the pathfinder projects to deliver integrated targeted support to parents of children and young people at risk of offending; and if he will make a statement. (173853)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not fund any pathfinder projects that solely focus on parents of children and young people at risk of offending. Since 2006, DCSF has been running the Parenting Early Intervention Pathfinder (PEIP) which aims to increase support for the parents of children and young people at risk of negative outcomes and ensure that they receive an earlier, more effective, coordinated package of relevant support. Findings from an independent evaluation will be published in spring 2008.

Targeted programmes to prevent youth offending are the responsibility of Youth Offending Teams and the Youth Justice Board. The Youth Crime Action Plan—to be published in summer 2008—will bring together action across Government, setting an overall strategy for youth crime reduction and concrete ways to tackle it.