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Young People: Custody

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of young people aged (a) 16 to 18, and (b) 19 to 21 find paid employment within six months of leaving custody; and what schemes are in place to increase this proportion. [HL1477]

The Government's strategy to help reduce reoffending by improving skills and employment opportunities for offenders, including young offenders, is set out in the 2005 Green Paper Reducing Re-Offending through Skills and Employment, jointly produced by the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office and the Department for Work and Pensions. A follow-up document Reducing Re-Offending through Skills and Employment: Next Steps was published in December 2006.