Conference Youth Crime Debate

James Brokenshire has underlined the need for early intervention and for local agencies to work together more closely to break youth offending during this week’s Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.  The Home Office Minister also stressed the need to recognise the positive contribution made by young people and to ensure that they were involved in the formation of local crime prevention and community safety plans.

“It’s important to underline that the vast majority of young people are not involved in crime, are not involved in gangs and violence and want nothing to do with it.  Indeed too many young people become victims of crime.” James said.

“However, the small number of young people who are have a disproportionately large impact on the communities around them.  That’s why it’s important we act earlier before patterns of offending become deep rooted and encourage local agencies to share information more effectively to assess factors such as drugs, domestic violence or exclusion from school which may require specific interventions.”

James took part in a number of events on the Conference fringe discussing crime and security including sessions organised by Kids Count and The Howard League for Penal Reform.  James highlighted how proposed reforms to antisocial behaviour powers would help deal with young people heading down a criminal career path more effectively, as well as providing speedier relief to victims of community crime.  The MP also underlined the £448 million investment by the Government to help turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families over the next three years.

In her speech to the Conservative Conference the Home Secretary Theresa May praised James’s contribution to the security preparations for this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.