The LGA has been in consultation with the home office over its reforms to the youth justice system. The consultation paper published yesterday, 'Tackling Youth Justice' contains new sentencing proposals to ensure young offenders take responsibility for their crimes and proposals to prevent youth crime. These reforms take on board the Audit Commission's recommendations for local government's role in reforming the youth justice system.
LGA chair Jeremy Beecham said: 'Many of these proposals are long overdue. They provide a coherent overview for the youth justice system instead of the piecemeal attitudes of the past.
'The government has been right to place emphasis on the need to confront young offenders with the consequences and victims of their crimes. This approach is vital to ensuring that young offenders take responsibility for their actions and make suitable reparations.
'Combating and preventing youth crime is a vital part of local authorities' commitment to protect the community, by promoting responsibility and citizenship in young people. These reforms will help local authorities and local police forces make their communities a safer place.'