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Young Offenders

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of people detained in young offender institutions (a) are from care home backgrounds, (b) were children in care and (c) have been assessed as having special educational needs, broken down by type of special educational need. [241727]

Beverley Hughes: Of the 59,500 young people looked after by local authorities at 31 March 2008, 130 were placed in a young offender institution (YOI) or prison. Data on the number of young people in YOIs who may have been looked after by local authorities earlier in their childhoods are not collected centrally.


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Data on the number of young people in YOIs assessed as having special educational needs are not collected centrally. The Learning and Skills Council collects information on the number of referrals of young people in YOIs to special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs). Returns from August 2007 to July 2008 indicate that 3,320 such referrals were made over the period.

Young People: Antisocial Behaviour

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1081-2W, on young people: antisocial behaviour, who will conduct the independent national evaluation; what procedure will be used to appoint the evaluator; and when the evaluation will be complete. [247863]

Beverley Hughes: The evaluation will be carried out by an independent contractor, chosen through a competitive tender. The Department plans to issue tenders in spring 2009, and the evaluation will complete after the projects finish in April 2011. Interim results will be available before then.

Young People: Sports

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Association for Physical Education (afPE) on the development of the Physical Education and Sport Strategy for Young People; and what plans he has to involve afPE in the future development of the strategy. [255720]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Ministers and officials from DCSF and DCMS meet afPE regularly to discuss PE and its place in the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People. Representatives from afPE are also part of a consortium which is currently delivering the professional development workstrand of the strategy. We value afPE’s experience and expertise and we will continue to consult them on the development of the strategy.

Young People: Suffolk

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 18- year-olds there were resident in Suffolk in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what proportion of these were (a) in full-time work and (b) not in education, employment or training in each such year. [256957]

Beverley Hughes: The Department publishes annual estimates of the number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England. These estimates cannot be disaggregated to local authority level.

However, we can use information collected by the Connexions Service to estimate the number and proportion of young people NEET at local authority level. The following table gives estimates of the number of 16 to 18-year-olds resident in Suffolk and the proportion who were in full-time employment and not in education, employment or training at the end of 2005, 2006 and 2007.


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Number of young people aged 16-18 Proportion of young people aged 16-18 in full time employment (percentage) Proportion of young people aged 16-18 NEET (percentage)

2005

21,112

17.5

8.6

2006

21,206

18.7

8.4

2007

20,928

19.6

7.2


Youth Facilities: Coventry

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to improve youth facilities in Coventry. [257704]

Beverley Hughes: The Government have allocated a total of £185,300 per annum over the period 2008-11 to the Youth Capital Fund (YCF) in Coventry local authority. YCF empowers young people by giving them control over funding decisions for new facilities in their area.

Coventry is also receiving an additional £452,000 in 2008-09 via the Youth Capital Fund Plus which will deliver a significant new facility in a neighbourhood with a high level of deprivation, crime and antisocial behaviour.

In December 2008 Coventry and Warwickshire YMCA received £1.5 million from the Youth Sector Development Fund to develop a programme aimed at engaging young people involved in gangs, antisocial behaviour and crime in positive activities.

In addition, since April 2008, all local areas have had the opportunity to bid for funding for world-class youth facilities through the Government's £202 million myplace programme.

Youth Inclusion Programme

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 717W, on crime prevention: young people, on which 110 estates the Youth Inclusion programme operates; and on what criteria those estates were selected. [256435]

Beverley Hughes: The specific names of the estates in which Youth Inclusion programmes (YIPs) run are not formally collected centrally by the Youth Justice Board. However, the information about each area that is available, which in many cases does include the names of relevant estate, is included in annex A.

The criteria upon which estates are selected are high scores for both deprivation and crime.

The number listed is over 110. This is due to local flexibilities which allow for youth offending teams to set up additional YIPs from their prevention budgets where they deem appropriate.

ANNEX A

Youth Inclusion p rogrammes February 2009


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