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Tackling anti-social behaviour

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World record Olympic hurdler David Hemery will mount a different podium next month when he talks about sport at a national conference on young people and anti-social behaviour.

Hemery, who won the 400 metre hurdles at the 1968 summer games, is speaking in Birmingham on 10 September.

The conference will also hear from Jennie Price of Sports England, representatives of youth organisations and the police and the Commission’s chief executive, Steve Bundred.

There is no charge for attending the event, which builds on Tired of Hanging Around, the Audit Commission’s report published in January.

Sessions will look at giving young people a voice, how the Olympic sporting legacy can be used to benefit young people, how councils can help support youth projects and what factors the police and councils should prioritise when developing new initiatives.

Mr Bundred said: “Our study … found that millions could be saved by keeping young people out of the criminal justice system, for example by giving them the chance of training for a sport.

“We have organised this conference to bring together some of the leading thinkers in the field of anti-social behaviour and youth crime.

“We’ll be discussing the impact of the recession on opportunities for young people and what councils, voluntary organisations and others can do to improve their prospects.”

To register visit the Audit Commission site


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  • You couldn't have made it up could you?

    The Audit Commission cost in excess of £200 millions per annum and the report that they come out with could have been written by anybody off the street.

    What I do find interesting though, is now that they have a new drum to beat, namely the CAA, everything is about the local area, or joined-up services.

    In fact they neatly try to write themselves into the fabric of this 'new world' by proposing lashings of strategies and plans (against which of course they can inspect against to see if everybody has complied).

    There's stacks more commissioning of new services, project reviews, better project management blah blah.

    And shock horror, the reports by saying that the Audit Commission will:

    • produce guidance and tools to help councils and their partners improve their provision of activities; and
    • work with other inspectorates to use the lessons from the study in developing and delivering Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA).

    The more that they desperately locate themselves at the centre of the universe, the more you realise that they have outlived any use that they once may have had.

    There is no new thinking here, and it is more of the same for an oh so reasonable £200,000,000 per annum.

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