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Young Offenders: Courses

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many young offenders at HM Young Offender Institution Aylesbury are on the waiting list for courses on enhanced thinking skills, victim awareness, victim empathy, family and man relationship skills and assertiveness; and, in each case, what is the average waiting time for young offenders who are serving (a) indeterminate sentences for public protection; and (b) other sentences. [HL1898]

There are currently 154 young offenders at HMYOI Aylesbury on the waiting list for the enhanced thinking skills course, 117 awaiting places on a reconciliation workshop (which encompasses victim empathy and restorative justice), two waiting for the next family man relationship skills course and 31 awaiting a place on the assertiveness course.

It is not possible to accurately identify average waiting times. However, it is anticipated that indeterminate-sentence prisoners will be able to access the above programmes within 12 months, four months, six months and 20 weeks respectively. For prisoners serving other sentences, access to the programmes will take place within 12 to 18 months, 12 months, six months and 20 weeks respectively.