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Children: Custody

Volume 691: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether they have any plans to increase informal and practical support for basic tasks for children resettled in the community after a custodial sentence. [HL2472]

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) published its youth resettlement framework for action in 2006. The framework focuses on developing the key resettlement pathways including health, education, accommodation, training and employment, and substance misuse. The YJB has also rolled out resettlement and aftercare provision schemes (RAPS) in over 50 youth offending team (YOT) areas, providing planned resettlement activities for young offenders in custody and in the community. We recognise that a number of young offenders lack fundamental social and practical skills, and YOT supervising officers address these needs through a variety of one-to-one work throughout the duration of a young person’s sentence.