Local authorities' youth offending teams are responsible for providing and commissioning local programmes aimed at reducing reoffending. Funding for youth offending teams comes from a variety of agencies, such as the police, probation and social services. The following table shows the amount of funding that the Youth Justice Board has allocated to youth offending teams in England and Wales since 2000-01 when the teams came into being.
£ million 2000-01 39 2001-02 69 2002-03 100 2003-04 102 2004-05 113 2005-06 115 2006-07 117 2007-08 117 2008-09 115
In addition, programmes to reduce reoffending are run within the secure estate. However, the cost of these is incorporated in the overall “cost per bed” and it is not possible to identify the expenditure separately.
The recently published National Statistics on Juvenile Reoffending show that juvenile reoffending is at its lowest since records for the frequency of reoffending began in 2000. This success reflects the Government's investment in the youth justice system and the significant reforms implemented over the past 12 years.
For 2009-10, the Youth Justice Board has allocated £11 million for preventative programmes from its Ministry of Justice grant. In addition, the Youth Justice Board will receive £6 million from the Department of Children, Schools and Families and £18 million from the Home Office for preventative programmes.
Final budgets for 2010-11 and 2011-12 will be allocated at the beginning of the financial year.