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Northern Ireland: Youth Justice Agency

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

Statement

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.