Breaking the Cycle: Reducing youth reoffending in London

Date published: 
02 July 2015

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has published the report – 'Breaking the Cycle: Reducing youth reoffending in London' – which examines youth reoffending trends in the capital and makes recommendations to help support young offenders to stop committing further offences.

The report looks at the challenges that local authorities, the police and other agencies are faced with in London today – namely, working with a hard-to-reach group of young people who need intensive supervision, whilst dealing with resources being cut.

It makes a number of recommendations to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) that contribute to the upcoming revised youth reoffending strategy:

The strategy should be developed in conjunction with former young offenders, to ensure that young people have a direct input into its objectives and priorities. It should include a commitment to involving former young offenders in support projects where it is clear that their contribution would add value.

The strategy should include a commitment to deliver an awareness raising campaign for young people and for parents, teachers and others working with young people.

The strategy should recognise the importance of continuity in the relationship between a young offender and support worker, and work to ensure the system can create opportunities for a one-to-one relationship.

The report is available to download below.


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