Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC) has published an Orange Paper of evidence-based approaches to address youth offending. The Paper has been distributed to each candidate standing in the upcoming election in a bid to provide candidates with an opportunity to commit to investment in areas known to be successful in addressing youth offending. The ten-point plan recommends government: ensure early and extended support for families; reduce housing pressures and risk of homelessness; keep children and young people engaged and included in education; increase provision of mental health services, detox and rehab facilities, and mentors; enable access to youth appropriate activities and space; support localised, community and place-based responses; support intensive, individualised therapy for those in detention; give priority support to those most vulnerable. Make sure to read the Paper, discuss with colleagues, and contact your local Member or standing candidate to discuss their commitment to the recommendations contained within.
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