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Young Offenders: Foster Care

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the evaluation of the Youth Justice Board's intensive fostering scheme has not been completed in accordance with the original timetable; what estimate he has made of the effects on the costs of the evaluation of its extended duration; and when he expects the outcomes of the evaluation to be published. (305353)

The timetable for the Intensive Fostering Evaluation was extended by nine months from 1 March 2008 to 31 December 2008 to allow extra time for the recruitment of the sample and the control group, as the initial setting up of the pilot programmes and referrals of children into the programme took longer than initially anticipated. The additional cost for this extension was £34,090.00.

The first draft of the Intensive Fostering Evaluation report was received by the Youth Justice Board in December 2008. Since then it has been revised and then sent out to peer review. The peer review comments and questions are in the process of being dealt with and it will be available for publication in the first quarter of 2010. The delays have not affected the cost of the evaluation as dealing with reviews and comments is built in to the initial contract.