Archives for June 6th, 2000

TOUGH ON THE CAUSES OF YOUTH CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 June, 2000

New measures have been introduced to give the police, the courts and local authorities the power to intervene earlier and effectively address young people’s offending behaviour before it becomes ingrained. They are designed to ensure that young people face up to the consequences of their behaviour and apologise to their victims or pay recompense to the community.The practice of giving repeat cautions is replaced by a final warning and an intervention programme. Once an offender has received a final warning, any further offence leads to prosecution. Reparation Orders, which can involve writing a letter of apology, apologising in person, cleaning graffiti or repairing criminal damage are also being introduced . In a move to deal with specific causes of offending, three month Action Plan Orders will provide a short intensive programme of community-based intervention combining punishment, rehabilitation and reparation.

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NEW AGENCY TO STEER HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 June, 2000

The Health Development Agency has been launched with a 10m pounds budget to provide the evidence on which the Government can base its strategies for reducing health inequalities. It will also give frontline staff the most up to date information on which they can base their work. The agency will have a crucial role in tackling ill health due to poverty and filling in the gaps in knowledge of what really works to improve health.The HDA agenda includes looking at projects that reach people who find it difficult to access services. Examples are work in pubs and clubs, encouraging men to use services, and promoting consumption of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. It will also look at good practice in local communities and share it with a wide range of professionals and organisations. The evidence of what works will be incorporated into guidelines which will be followed through by ensuring that health staff including community nurses, teachers and social workers, receive the necessary skills and training.

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