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Youth Crime

Beverly Hughes speech outlines the government’s approach to youth crime:

At the heart of our philosophy is what we have called the triple track approach, which means firstly taking tough enforcement action when behaviour is going across the line – when it is unacceptable or illegal. It’s essential that the boundaries of acceptable behaviour are not compromised – and I make no apologies for that.

But also means, secondly, giving support to young people – and sometimes parents – to address the underlying causes of bad behaviour. Not ‘take it or leave it’ support – but support with conditions attached – non-negotiable, something for something. The kind of support that Family Intervention Projects exemplifies very, very well.

And, thirdly, means having much better prevention and early intervention to tackle problems before they escalate in seriousness or become more entrenched.

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