My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland (Paul Goggins) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
I have placed copies of the Youth Justice Agency’s corporate plan for 2009-11 and business plan for 2009-10 in the Libraries of both Houses.
The business plan contains 14 key performance targets I have set for the agency for 2009-10. These are:
85 per cent of youth conference reports completed within statutory requirements;
at least 85 per cent of referrals to result in a youth conference and of those, at least 80 per cent of young offenders to be satisfied with the process;
achieve a victim attendance rate of at least 60 per cent for youth conferences and of those, at least 80 per cent of victims to be satisfied with the process;
90 per cent of young people remanded to the Juvenile Justice Centre for one week or more to have a bail assessment commenced within five working days;
90 per cent of young people under community supervision complete their orders;
all young people referred to the agency under statutory orders to have their risk of offending and other needs assessed and appropriate plans developed;
all young people under a Juvenile Justice Centre Order (JJCO) leaving custody will have a reintegration plan in place for the statutory supervision period within the community;
no escapes from within the Juvenile Justice Centre;
maintain a rate of restraints within the upper quartile of the best performing similar sized secure centres in England and Wales;
all children in custody for seven days or more to be screened for mental health needs and, where necessary, referred on to appropriate services;
maintain level of expenditure within approved budgetary limits;
publish and lay audited and unqualified 2008-09 annual report and accounts before Parliament prior to its Summer Recess;
achieve Investors in People re-accreditation; and
at least 80 per cent of staff to confirm that their essential learning and development needs are being met to a satisfactory level.