Reducing Reoffending by young people

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This paper gives an overview of available evidence about what can reduce reoffending by young people, alongside examples from the Youth Justice Board’s Effective Practice library. If you would like to know more, the Ministry of Justice has recently published a more detailed review of the evidence in this area. There have been several positive trends in the Youth Justice System (YJS) in recent years. In particular, fewer young people are entering the justice system for the first time and far fewer young people are in custody. However, while the numbers of reoffenders and reoffences have been falling, the rate of reoffending has been increasing. YOT caseloads are therefore increasingly likely to contain young people with well established offending behaviour. So while many young people do not reoffend, and most – even persistent offenders – will stop doing so in time, focusing on tackling reoffending is more of a priority than ever. This briefing looks at both specific programmes and more day-to-day aspects of casework and supervision. We have focused on practice where there is the best evidence. For example, where fewer young people on a particular programme reoffended compared to a similar group who were not on the programme. We do not look specifically at preventative work; although such approaches may also play a role in reducing reoffending. Much of the evidence is international. However, research from the UK has been included where possible. We also give effective practice examples from the UK; these case studies may not have been evaluated to the same standard. If you would like to read the full article please see the attachment below

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