Young Offenders: EEA Nationals:Written question - 282338

Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)

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Asked on: 25 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Young Offenders: EEA Nationals
To ask the Secretary of State for the Justice, what processes his Department has put in place to ensure that children that are EEA nationals who come into contact with the criminal justice system can be identified for the purposes of providing advice and support.
Answered by: Wendy Morton
Answered on: 05 September 2019

Youth Offending Services (YOS) were established in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which introduced a statutory duty for all local authorities to establish a multi-agency team, with members from police, social services, probation and education, to deliver youth justice services. YOS have a statutory duty to:

    • provide appropriate adults for children detained or being interviewed at the police station and provide support for children on bail;
    • help young people and their families through court proceedings;
    • write pre-sentence reports for the courts advising on appropriate interventions;
    • supervise young people serving a community sentence;
    • stay in touch with a young person if they’re sentenced to custody; and
    • assist in the child’s resettlement post-custody.

All children who come into contact with the YOS (including EEA nationals) will have their individual circumstances and needs assessed and will receive interventions and support accordingly.

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