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Working with children to prevent crime needs better evaluation, say inspectors

 

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Working with children to prevent crime needs better evaluation, say inspectors

The work to turn children away from crime needs to be more focused and to be evaluated better, said independent inspectors who have today published a joint report on youth crime prevention

Many adults in the criminal justice system began offending in their childhood or early teens at a time when a number of factors made their offending more likely. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HM Inspectorate of Probation, the Care Quality Commission and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales examined the approaches to child crime prevention, visiting seven local authorities and examining 75 individual cases where children aged 8 to 13 had been referred for interventions to prevent offending. More …