Reducing Crime through Early Intervention
A conference aimed at furthering the role of early intervention in criminal and youth justice has been organised by Graham Allen MP. The event will take place on 15th May in the House of Commons, with representatives from police forces, local authorities, youth justice and the voluntary and community sector attending.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, will be giving the keynote address to the conference with additional presentation from Graham Allen MP, Chair of the Independent Review of Early Intervention to HMG; Alan Given, former Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Chief Executive of Nottingham’s Crime and Drug Partnership; Chief Supt John Carnochan and Karyn McCluskey, co-directors of Strathclyde Police's Violence Reduction Unit; and John Graham, Director of The Police Foundation.
Graham Allen MP said:
“Early intervention is a key part of the armoury in the fight to reduce crime, and all of us who work in partnership against crime need to make greater efforts to deploy it. If we can reduce the supply of dysfunctional young people, it will enable us to focus on the real policing priorities rather than spend too much of our time picking up the pieces.
“Early intervention attacks the causes of dysfunction, which sometimes manifests itself as anti-social behaviour or criminality. As most parents know, if we can help every baby, child and young person to build the social and emotional skills to become good citizens, we will be filtering out many of those who cross the paths of the criminal justice system.
“The Coalition's commitment to progressing early intervention is cause for much optimism. Recent policy initiatives such as the ‘anti-gang’ and ‘troubled families’ strategies are evidence of a renewed vision. Perhaps most promising of all is the government's recent announcement of the creation of an early intervention foundation to help local authorities, youth offending teams and police forces across England develop this agenda.
“I hope this conference will be an opportunity to build a network, discuss the vital importance of early intervention with key partners in criminal justice, and to hear their ideas about how we can further integrate early intervention with their work.”
The Home Secretary said:
“Long term and enduring solutions need the co-ordinated support of all local agencies to target and help those at risk, from toddlers to teenagers, to prevent and divert the next generation of criminals. Those who refuse help must be met with the full force of the law to protect our communities.
“This is the approach we are taking through our comprehensive work to end gang and youth violence, our strategies on tackling alcohol and drugs, key drivers of crime, and to turn around the lives of the 120,000 most troubled families.
“Intervening early has to be a key part of our strategy to reduce crime. The human, financial and societal costs of failing to do so are too high.”
The conference, 'Early intervention: reducing crime at source', will be held on 15th May between 1 and 5pm in the Boothroyd Room of the House of Commons.