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Crime: Young People

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent, and on what projects, in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford Local Authority area to deter youths from committing crimes in each of the last five years. (206062)

[holding answer 20 May 2008]: Information on the specific projects and spending for projects to deter youth offending in West Chelmsford constituency and Chelmsford local authority area are not held centrally in the Home Office.

The Essex Youth Offending Service (YOS) is the main vehicle for providing these prevention services to Chelmsford. The Essex YOS uses early intervention programmes to prevent young people from entering the youth justice system. These interventions are specifically funded by the Youth Justice Board until March 2011 to work with children and young people aged between eight and 13 years who have been identified by at least two agencies as presenting an increased risk of offending.

Essex YOS have estimated the total spend on these activities from 2005 forecast through to 2009.

Total spend (£)

2005-06

14,340

2006-07

39,032

2007-08

39,419

2008-09

39,419

The total costs provide a project worker and manager, a senior practitioner, a parenting coordinator and parenting assistant.

In addition to this prevention work by Essex YOS there are also various other agencies who within their remit contribute towards prevention work for young people in the Chelmsford area, such as: Chelmsford Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP), Chelmsford council, Essex police, Essex county council and some voluntary sector agencies. The Home Office and Essex YOS do not hold the information on their spending.