Date lodged: 24 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the public social partnership on reducing youth reoffending.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 6 December 2016
The Scottish Government commissioned an independent evaluation of the six Public Social Partnership projects established under the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF), which was conducted by Ipsos Mori, and whose report was published on 12 February 2016. The RRCF has funded six PSP projects across 2013-2017, which provide assistance to young prolific male offenders (aged 18-25), and women with convictions.
The report concluded that the mentoring services delivered by these projects is an effective approach which helps individuals to learn and implement constructive, non-criminal ways of addressing problems in their lives, and to reduce risk factors associated with offending behaviour.
The report is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/02/9184.