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Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute Fire Cadet scheme run in partnership with Cheshire fire service in (a) promoting social responsibility in and (b) providing positive role models for participants from the prison estate; and if he will make a statement on the future of this initiative within the Prison Service. (206312)

Local observations backed up in some areas by external evaluation demonstrate that the fire cadet programme offered a wide range of benefits and opportunities for young people in custody, including becoming more socially responsible under the tutorage of positive role models. The programme has been suspended following the loss of European Social Fund IMPACT project funding, but Thorn Cross will re-establish it if appropriate funding can be secured.