The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Maria Eagle) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
I have placed copies of the Youth Justice Agency's corporate plan for 2007-10 and business plan for 2007-08 in the Libraries of both Houses.
The business plan contains nine key performance targets I have set for the agency for 2007-08. These are:
contribute towards the delivery of the NIO PSA target to reduce the rate of reconviction by 5 per cent compared to the predicted rate by April 2008;
achieve a 20 per cent increase in the public awareness level of the agency as measured by the Northern Ireland omnibus survey;
maintain an offender participation rate of at least 80 per cent and a satisfaction rate of at least 70 per cent in youth conferences;
maintain a victim participation rate of at least 60 per cent and a satisfaction rate of at least 75 per cent in youth conferences;
further develop and test a measurement system in order to establish baseline figures in relation to key outcomes, in line with the OFMDFM 10-Year Strategy for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland;
all new admissions have a risk assessment conducted within 24 hours;
no high-risk escapes from the juvenile justice centre;
at least 90 per cent of young people remanded by the courts to have a bail assessment completed within seven days; and
maintain expenditure within approved budgetary limits.