Date lodged: 14 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle offending among 16 and 17-year-olds, and what (a) funding it has provided and (b) projects it has supported on this issue.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 6 September 2017
Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ)
To support improvements in youth justice. Work centres on 3 key activities:
Practice Development: Working with practitioners and policy-makers in developing, supporting and coordinating activities to improve youth justice
Research: Undertaking, supporting and coordinating research which helps with understanding youth justice
Knowledge Exchange: Supporting the sharing and dissemination of knowledge.
CYCJ – Interventions for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) Project
A national psychological and social work service offering assessment, formulation and management for high risk young people aged 12-18 who present with complex psychological needs and high risk behaviour in terms of their violent conduct.
CYCJ – Secure Care National Advisory post
To carry out an independent, analytical, strategic and practice focused review of secure care in Scotland.
Up-2-Us – Time for Change
Gender-specific service targeted at young women aged between 14-18 years deemed to be at significantly high risk of admission to secure care or custody
Action for Children – Side Step
An intervention service that engages with and supports young people aged 12-18, who have been or are at risk of involvement in organised crime, with the aim of ending that involvement.
The Wise Group – Get the Life You Want
Motivational pre-release courses in Polmont challenging attitudes and behaviours and encouraging positive engagement with support services
Youth Advantage Outreach
Residential courses providing diversionary activities and interventions for young people who are on the cusp of crime, disadvantaged or disengaged from society and education.
No Knives Better Lives (NKBL)
NKBL is a youth programme that works with local partners (council, police, youth groups etc) to deliver a range of activities and events to get the message across to young people about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife, whilst encouraging them to make positive life choices.
Violence Reduction Unit - Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
The MVP programme seeks to educate young people (aged between 12-18) about anti-violence prevention methods and encourage them to feel confident about speaking out against all forms of violent behaviour.
Barnardos Scotland- ‘Here and Now’
This pilot project is to explore support needs in relation to Trauma Bereavement and Loss for young people leaving HMP and YOI Polmont. The main purpose is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of referred offenders and build workforce capacity through provision of staff training, and follow on support.
Since 2008, £92 million recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act has been committed to the CashBack for Communities Programme and other community initiatives. The programme has funded nearly 2 million activities and opportunities for young people.
CashBack activities range from diversionary youth work to more long-term potentially life-changing intervention projects which turn young people’s lives around and provide them the opportunity of getting into employment, education or volunteering. Projects such as the Celtic Foundation’s Cashback gateway to employment provides 1:1 intensive mentoring and group work for 16-24 year olds who have offended or at risk of offending and will provide support to sustain positive destinations.
The Cashback for Communities Youth work Fund is an annual small grant scheme to resource community based youth work organisations to provide diversionary activities for disadvantaged young people. Phase 4 funding 2017-2020 will up to £2,447,000.