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Young Offenders

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what further steps he is taking to involve the Prince’s Trust in working with young offenders in custody. (296045)

The Prince’s Trust undertakes work with young socially excluded people.

They are currently actively engaged with 17 prisons either providing or supporting a range of activities including:

mentoring

peer mentoring

accredited qualifications in community skills, social and personal development

business start up

volunteering opportunities

supporting transition between custody and community

access to employment

“Working with the third sector to reduce re-offending Securing effective partnerships 2008-11”, provides a framework for securing a continuation of engagement with such organisations and provides endorsement to the kinds of activities in which they are engaged.