Archives for June 20th, 2000

NEW PROFESSION TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 June, 2000

The Connexions Service, due to be launched in April 2001, will provide support for teenage young people by offering personal advice and support. The key element of the Service will be a new professional group of ‘Personal Adviser’.The Advisers will be people from a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications and skills. They will also be able to refer young people to specialist services, such as social services departments and youth offending teams and broker on behalf of young people and their families to get the right support.

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JOINED UP STRATEGY TO RECOVER PROCEEDS OF CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 June, 2000

A fragmented approach to the recovery of assets has led to criminals retaining most of their illegal gains. In the last five years, confiscation orders have been raised in an average of only 20 per cent of drugs cases in which they were available, and 0.3 per cent of other crime cases. Police forces rarely pursue the assets of criminals and when they do so it is often too late because they have been moved on. The collection rate is running at an average of 40 per cent or less of the amounts ordered by the courts to be seized.The Cabinet Office’s Performance and Innovation Unit in their report ‘Recovering the Proceeds of Crime’ highlight the weaknesses of current arrangements and advocate a joined up approach to seizure of criminal assets with action from all parts of the criminal justice system. The report also sets out the need for better trained and supported law enforcement officers able to pursue complex financial investigations.

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