Anne Main highlights importance of education sector in preventing young people getting involved in crime

23rd April 2019

Anne Main highlights the fact that too many young people who get involved in crime have been failed by the education system often because of undiagnosed special educational needs and calls on the Government to ensure that young people are not let down by the system ending up with few qualifications and little hope for the future.

Too many young people who get involved in crime have been failed by the education system or have special educational needs, which often go undiagnosed or are not coped with well by schools. What more can be done to ensure that young people do not fall foul of the system and end up with very few qualifications and very little hope for the future?

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Central to tackling the problem is partnership working, not only with youth offending teams but with colleagues in the educational sphere. We are fully engaged with Edward Timpson’s review of exclusions, and we are working very closely with the Department for Education on matters such as speech and language therapy, learning disabilities and other factors that can play a part.




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