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ESSEX TO GIVE YOUTH OFFENDER OWN HOME

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Essex CC is to provide a 16 year old boy with a home of his own after a magistrate ruled that the youth, who admitt...
Essex CC is to provide a 16 year old boy with a home of his own after a magistrate ruled that the youth, who admitted a string of offences, should remain in the care of the council's social services department, the Daily Telegraph reports (p1).

A spokesman for Essex CC said it cost £2,500 a week to keep a young offender in conventional institutions and the house scheme would get more positive results.

Meanwhile the decision to send a 14 year old boy to Center Parcs was the result of desperation, the county's social services director said (Daily Telegraph P3).

Michael Leadbetter admitted that his staff had been under pressure to deal with the increasingly difficult child, even though they didn't have enough experience, the paper reports.
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