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Young People: Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria his Department will use to assess the effectiveness of intensive intervention projects. (234730)

The primary objective of intensive intervention projects is to improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and challenging young people in society—and to improve outcomes for the communities in which they live. We specifically expect the projects to:

Significantly reduce antisocial behaviour;

Help reduce youth crime;

Improve participation in education and training;

Tackle substance misuse;

Reduce youth homelessness.

Projects are expected to take referrals from across the whole local authority area. The criteria for referral to the project should draw on the local assessment of young people’s needs which underpins targeted youth support reforms. The target group should include those young people identified as being:

Involved in crime or antisocial behaviour;

Involved in, or at risk, of substance abuse;

Persistent absentees or excluded from school or not in employment education or training (NEET);

Presenting as homeless or at risk of homelessness.

As a guide we would expect young people engaged with the project to also experience a range of the risk factors including:

At risk of teenage pregnancy;

Young teenage parents;

Poor family support and support networks;

Family or friend involvement in gangs or with criminal convictions;

Poor aspirations/poor emotional social or coping skills;

Learning difficulties and disabilities;

Children of parents with substance misuse problems;

Low educational attainment/attendance;

Living in a deprived neighbourhood and/or poverty.

An independent national evaluation of the projects will be conducted.

Part of this national evaluation is likely to entail collection of data on young people who are not receiving intervention from intensive intervention projects to act as a control group for the research.

In addition the Youth Task Force will undertake regular monitoring. This will include support offered, enforcement action taken and the outcomes for young people. It will involve a quarterly return to YTF of aggregate data about young people. Outcome monitoring will be based on the Youth PSA indicators but will also encompass measures of criminal and antisocial behaviour and homelessness.