Changing trends in London’s youth reoffending rates

11 February 2015

This meeting took place on 12 February 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

The reoffending rate of London’s young offenders who leave custody has been falling since it peaked at around 70 per cent in 2011.[1] However, the reoffending rates of young offenders with certain non-custodial sentences are starting to “creep up” and in some cases, are now at a higher rate than of those coming out of custody.[2]

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will examine changes in youth reoffending in London, and the impact of strategies and programmes that the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and partners have put in place. As part of its investigation into youth reoffending, the Committee will hear from specialists in Youth Offending Services and partners brought together to improve re-settlement.

Tomorrow’s question and answer session will focus on;

Groundwork to prevent young people from reoffending

What support is available to those working with young offenders

Different approaches borough by borough

Successes and challenges for Youth Offending Teams (YOTs); and

Opportunities for the Mayor to improve London’s approach to tackling youth reoffending.

The following guests will be questioned;

Panel One (from 10am)

Ronke Martins-Taylor, Chief Services to Young People Officer, London Borough of Redbridge

Betty McDonald, Head of Tri-borough Youth Offending Service, Tri-borough Youth Offending Service

Detective Sergeant Gill Staunton, Youth Justice Coordinator, Metropolitan Police

Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, Youth Justice Lead, Metropolitan Police

Panel Two (from approx. 11am)

Keith Cohen, South London Resettlement Consortium Manager

Cheryle Davies, North East London Resettlement Consortium Manager

Daniel Phelps, Assistant Director Early Help, Waltham Forest Council

Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney, Head of Crime Reduction and Supporting People, Lewisham Council

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 12 February from 10am in the Chamber, at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

1. 2014 MOPAC Challenge on youth reoffending

2. Police and Crime Committee meeting, 8 January 2015

3. The Police and Crime Committee is responsible for examining the activities of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and investigating matters it considers to be of importance to policing and crime reduction in London.

4. The Police and Crime Committee is established under s32 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

5. The Chair of the Police and Crime Committee, Joanne McCartney AM, is available for interview. See contact details below.

6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Mary Dolan in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4603. For out of hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.