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Young Offenders: Employment

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what measures exist to help place young offenders into employment following release from custody. (232182)

All probation areas support offenders in improving access to employment opportunities and make significant financial investment to employment interventions. Specialist employment staff are also directly employed by probation areas or engaged through partnership arrangements with the voluntary and community sector.

In 2007-08, a total of 16,823 offenders supervised by the National Probation Service gained employment and sustained it for at least four weeks during the year, exceeding the performance target of 13,200 by 27 per cent. It is not possible to separate figures for young offenders only.