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Families: Youth Inclusion Support

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What funding there is to promote the use of family group conferences to enhance the effectiveness of youth inclusion support panels. [HL1423]

Between 2004-05 and 2006-07 the Youth Justice Board funded five youth offending teams (YOTs)—Gateshead, Newham, Southwark, Staffordshire and Swansea, to pilot family group conferencing as part of their youth inclusion and support panel (YISP) provision. Grants of up to £225,000 per YOT were made available over the three-year period. From 2007-08 no additional funding was made available for family group conference schemes as YOTs had the option of investing in family group conferences as part of a YISP by using their overall YJB prevention grant. Currently, total YJB prevention funding to YOTs in England and Wales amounts to £34 million per year. The Government have also announced ongoing funding of £18 million over 2008-11 to fund family intervention projects which work intensively with whole families. Some of the projects use family group conferencing as a way of assessing the strengths and support needs of the families they work with.