helping to reform the youth justice system.
Home office minister Alun Michael told the launch of Manchester
Children Society's 'Youth Bail Support Scheme':
spend on bail. Bail support is aimed at preventing re-offending
during the period before a case comes to court - so it is a help to
the court, to the family and the police. It is something we want to
see developed in every town and city.'
Mr Michael underlined the government's commitment to a multi-agency
strategy for delivering youth justice and believed that many
voluntary organisations have the skills and experience needed in the
new youth offender teams.
'We have seen today how voluntary organisations like the
Children's Society are engaged in successful work with young
'Our aim is to create a youth justice system with a clear focus
on reducing offending by young people, which is shared and acted upon
by all the youth justice agencies working in partnership.
Partnerships are crucial to the delivery of an effective youth
The minister said that bail support schemes like Manchester's had an important role to play in ensuring that young people complete their period of bail successfully, without the need for custody, and by reducing costs and delays in the youth justice system. Bail support also helped tackle any difficulties at home, at school, with accommodation or employment.
'I must say that everything I have seen and heard reflects not
only the great benefit and value of bail support to young people but
also the tremendous commitment on the part of those working with
young people here in Manchester. I am sure this project will
continue to be a success.'