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Young Offenders: Mental Health Services

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings have taken place between the (a) National Offender Management Service and (b) Youth Justice Board and the Welsh Assembly Government to discuss the mental health needs of young offenders (i) in custody in Wales and (ii) in young offender institutions in England who have been assessed as requiring mental health services on release in each month of 2008; and if he will make a statement. (245810)

There is a joint Welsh Assembly Government and Youth Justice Board Youth Justice Committee for Wales that includes NOMS representation, which has responsibility for overseeing youth justice matters in Wales. This would include devolved areas of responsibility such as mental health matters for young people. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis and during 2008 met on;

30 January 2008

8 April 2008

23 July 2008

22 October 2008

Outside the Committee there is ongoing dialogue with the Welsh Assembly Government about the provision of mental health services for people in the justice system.

Bridgend Prison Health Partnership Board has recently forwarded a draft business case to the Welsh assembly Government for provision of Tier 2/3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS). That is now under consideration.

For young offender institutes in England, there is a high level programme board the Health and Social Care Policy Development Programme Board, which meets quarterly. The board oversees a programme of cross government work for this group of vulnerable children. There is also a ‘Health and Social Care Management Group’ who meet monthly. Both of these meetings have representation from Ministry of Justice, Department of Health, Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Youth Justice Board.

During 2008, the Health and Social Care Policy Development Programme Board met on;

11 March 2008

29 September 2008

15 December 2008

During 2008, the Health and Social Care Management Group met on;

24 January 2008

21 February 2008

24 April 2008

22 May 2008

19 June 2008

17 July 2008

16 October 2008

20 November 2008