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Youth Justice Agency of Northern Ireland (Corporate Plan and Business Plan)

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

I have placed copies of the “Youth Justice Agency’s Corporate Plan for 2009-11” and “Business Plan for 2009-10” in the Libraries of both Houses.

The Business Plan contains 14 key performance targets I have set for the agency for 2009-10. These are:

85 per cent. of youth conference reports completed within statutory requirements.

At least 85 per cent. of referrals to result in a youth conference and of those, at least 80 per cent. of young offenders to be satisfied with the process.

Achieve a victim attendance rate of at least 60 per cent. for youth conferences and of those, at least 80 per cent. of victims to be satisfied with the process.

90 per cent. of young people remanded to the Juvenile Justice Centre for one week or more to have a bail assessment commenced within five working days.

90 per cent. of young people under community supervision complete their orders.

All young people referred to the agency under statutory orders to have their risk of offending and other needs assessed and appropriate plans developed.

All young people under a Juvenile Justice Centre Order (JJCO) leaving custody will have a reintegration plan in place for the statutory supervision period within the community.

No escapes from within the Juvenile Justice Centre.

Maintain a rate of restraints within the upper quartile of the best performing similar-sized secure centres in England and Wales.

All children in custody for seven days or more to be screened for mental health needs and, where necessary, referred on to appropriate services.

Maintain level of expenditure within approved budgetary limits.

Publish and lay audited and unqualified 2008-09 annual report and accounts before Parliament prior to its summer recess.

Achieve Investors in People re-accreditation.

At least 80 per cent. of staff to confirm that their essential learning and development needs are being met to a satisfactory level.