Youth Crime Action Plan next step forward for youth justice
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
MP for Maungakiekie
31 October 2013
Youth Crime Action Plan the next step forward for youth justice
Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is encouraged by the Youth Crime Action Plan (YACP) released by Associate Justice Minister Chester Borrows today. The Plan aims to reduce offending by children and young people over the next ten years.
The plan makes small, achievable changes at every stage of the youth justice system through collaboration between Police, Courts, and the Ministry of Social Development.
“In my electorate, I am actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives aimed at reducing youth crime. I work with the Police, our local Child, Youth and Family offices and disengaged youth and their families”, says Mr Lotu-Iiga.
“Our collaborative efforts include arranging and attending public meetings on crime prevention, participating in local community patrols and setting up neighbourhood support groups. It is important to implement pathways and options to re-engage vulnerable young people into the community”, says Mr Lotu-Iiga.
“With a demonstrated drop in our youth crime rate over the past 2 years, the Government has used the opportunity to spend more time looking at prevention of youth crime and reoffending. The Plan reflects wide consultation with key stakeholders in our communities”, Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
“Our efforts in the electorate tie in with the YACP’s three overarching strategies that will shape how youth crime will be tackled over the next decade. These are partnering with communities, reducing escalation and early and sustainable exits.”
The Plan’s strategies will improve the way government agencies engage with and support communities to prevent offending and reoffending. The aim is to ensure children and young people are dealt with at the lowest appropriate level of the youth justice system. Finally the Plan will provide young people who offend with the best type of intervention at the right time.”
“I am confident the new Youth Crime Action Plan, together with existing initiatives like the Fresh Start Reforms, Policing Excellence and the Children’s Action Plan will contribute to the Government’s Better Public Service target of 25 percent reduction in serious crime”, Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
The full Youth Crime Action Plan, as well as supporting documents, is available on http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy/crime-prevention/youth-justice/youth-crime-action-plan