Councils respond to select committee report on youth justice system
- Published on Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:25
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
Responding to the Justice Committee's report on youth justice system failings, Councillor David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, said:
"Children in care have often had a difficult or traumatic start in life. Some children come into the care system because they are at risk of falling foul of the law when a lack of support at home has seen them go off the rails. This makes it all the more important that they get the same kind of loving support as any child gets from their family. Children's homes, foster carers and social workers do a fantastic job of providing exactly that, but even more can be done to ensure that every child receives this level of support.
"The committee is right to highlight the crucial importance of early intervention which tackles problems before they are allowed to escalate. However, by cutting councils' early intervention grants, government has made it harder for local authorities to intervene early to provide support for children growing up in difficult circumstances.
"Councils support the committee's call for the Youth Justice Board to invest more in early intervention. Local authorities will want to work closely with the board to target and provide this support to help improve the life chances of vulnerable children and reduce the risk of them getting into trouble."