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Crime: Young People

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responsibilities her Department has in relation to tackling youth crime and antisocial behaviour. (167109)

The Home Office is the lead department responsible for reducing all crime, including youth crime, and tackling anti-social behaviour. We work closely with other Government Departments, including the Department for Children, Schools and Families on parenting interventions, youth crime prevention, and early intervention; with the Crown Prosecution Service on prosecuting offences; and with the Ministry of Justice on the courts and the use of custody and other disposals. To do so, we provide funding, guidance and leadership to frontline services, such as the police and local authorities, in partnership with other agencies.

Specifically, the Home Office has supported crime prevention programmes, including;

Positive Futures - Around 22,000 young people are currently involved in Positive Futures projects nationwide

Safer Schools Partnerships (SSPs) a joint DCSF/Home Office initiative which provides a successful mechanism for ensuring structured joint working between schools and police - there are now over 500 SSPs across the country.

Youth Offending Team prevention programmes, which are estimated to have engaged with more than 50,000 children and young people at on the cusp of offending and 11,000 parents since 2006. Programmes include:

114 youth inclusion programmes (YIPs), which engage hard-to-reach young people from deprived neighbourhoods who are identified as most at risk of offending through positive activities

220 youth inclusion and support panels (YISPs), which seek to ensure access to mainstream services;

84 parenting support services.