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Young Offender Institutions

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of inmates in young offender institutions are taking part in programmes to rehabilitate them into society. (259860)

The National Offender Management Service delivers a broad range of interventions to address the particular risks and needs of offenders. This includes a number of accredited offending behaviour programmes and interventions that address drug misuse. These are a key element of the Service's work to reduce re-offending. The number of individual prisoners accessing interventions is not collated centrally. However, the number of intervention commencements is recorded.

In 2007-08 there were 1,246 offending behaviour programme commencements in establishments whose primary role was a young offender institution (YOI).

All YOIs provide a comprehensive drug treatment framework, based on the National Treatment Agency's revised models of care, to address the different needs of drug-misusers. The interventions available are designed to meet the needs of low, moderate and severe drug misusers—irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity.

Interventions include:

Clinical services (detoxification and/or maintenance prescribing)—available in all YOIs in England and Wales.

Counselling. Assessment. Referral. Advice and Throughcare services (CARATs)—available in all YOIs in England and Wales.

Intensive Drug Rehabilitation programmes:

The Short Duration programme is available in six YOIs (1)

P-ASRO (prisons Addressing Substance Related Offending)—available in seven YOIs.

Young People's Substance Misuse Service (YPSMS)—a non-clinical service for those under the age of 18 in custody in England and Wales, combining education and prevention with treatment.

The following table shows the number of drug interventions delivered in establishments whose primary role was a YOI in 2007-08.


Clinical treatment (detoxification or maintenance)


CARATs initial assessments


YPSMS Initial assessments


Intensive Drug Rehabilitation programmes





1. NOMS categorises establishments by their main role only. Establishments that have more than one role are placed in the category that represents the primary or dominant function of the prison. Some young offenders—including all young female prisoners—are held in separate Young Offender units in adult establishments.

2. Individuals could access more than one type of intervention or more than one of the same intervention in any one year.

All figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.