The latest report from the government’s Justice Data Lab focuses on a Youth Intervention programme called GOALS UK, which is aimed at helping young offenders aged 13-19 get back on their feet and preventing reoffending.

However, the initial findings for this scheme are not encouraging. Reoffending data in the report suggests that results are inconclusive and statistically insignificant.

The current data though, only assesses the impact of initial contact or light-touch support on young people. The second part to this report, which is due out in January 2016, will look at a larger group, who unlike the first group in the above report, will have completed a GOALS course.

The December report also offers links to other intervention projects for children as well as adults.

JDL

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