HC Deb 28 May 2004 vol 422 cc110-1W
Charles Hendry

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy that children's trusts should take responsibility for youth offending teams. [175836]

Margaret Hodge

[holding answer 25 May 2004]: Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) may become members of a Children's Trust where this is locally agreed. The Youth Justice Board has issued revised guidance on YOT structures. This includes issues to be considered when determining local arrangements, such as ensuring that YOTs retain strong links to criminal justice and crime reduction agencies and partnerships. Where a YOT does not join a Trust, it will still be important to plan in a joined up way to ensure that services are coherent.

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