Daily roundup: Sex offenders, youth crime ambassador, and gang intervention

Neil Puffett
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Calls for lower threshold for sex offender orders, decision to appoint £22k youth ambassador criticised, and Iain Duncan-Smith pledges to help gangs project, all in the news today.

Acpo wants more prevention orders in place. Image: Rogan Macdonald
Acpo wants more prevention orders in place. Image: Rogan Macdonald

Child protection experts have called for a lower threshold for obtaining civil prevention orders against sex offenders. The Telegraph reports that a review by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), found that the number of orders obtained by authorities is “grossly low”, compared to numbers of sex offenders. Research found that courts were refusing to grant the orders in some cases, particularly where suspected paedophiles had not been convicted of a criminal offence.

Cheshire’s elected police and crime commissioner has been called on to scrap plans to hire a £22,000 a year youth ambassador. The Nantwich News reports that councillors in the town of Nantwich said the duties should be carried at no expense to the taxpayer. Cheshire PCC John Dwyer has defended his plans for the new paid post, which has attracted more than 70 applications.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has pledged to push for more business and sport opportunities for young people escaping gang culture. The Waltham Forest Guardian reports that Duncan Smith said he would help a community interest company based in Walthamstow, which mentors around 60 to 70 young people in its efforts to steer young people away from crime.

A survey shows that 395,000 jobs for 18- to 24-year-olds need to be created if employment rates are to return to pre-recession levels. The data from the Trades Union Congress, reveals the extent of the problem facing young people trying to find work today. The TUC says young people have been hardest hit by the recession – they are 10 per cent less likely to be in work now than in 2008.

Members of the public believe parents rather than society causes child poverty, according to research. A study of public attitudes to poverty and welfare conducted by NatCen Social Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found 66 per cent of the public believed the characteristics and behaviour of parents was to blame for child poverty, compared to 28 per cent who credited broader social issues.

The government is to give young jobseekers advice about workplace rights, to prevent employers abusing minimum wage requirements. A booklet, to be produced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will be handed out to graduates this summer, the Guardian reports. The decision follows the publication of figures by HM Revenue & Customes, that showed it had reclaimed nearly £200,000 in wages owed to unpaid interns over the past tax year.

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