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Barking event examines rehabilitation of youth offenders

PUBLISHED: 11:24 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:14 24 September 2015

Mercy Maclean, CEO of HP-MOS, is holding an event about youth offenders at Barking Library

Mercy Maclean, CEO of HP-MOS, is holding an event about youth offenders at Barking Library

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An organisation which examines how to rehabilitate youth offenders is holding an event to encourage discussion.

Health Psychology Management Organisation Services (HP-MOS) looks at the principle of rehabilitation and restorative justice for youths caught up in the criminal justice system.

They want to encourage youth offending teams to look at data from different countries to assess whether alternatives to imprisonment have worked around Europe.

Mercy Maclean, CEO of HP-MOS, said the event will be a learning conference which encourages an exchange of information on policy and strategy.

“The message we want to get across is how can we restore a young person back into society after they have committed a crime,” she added.

“At the moment data shows they are wrongly dealt with so they are not prepared for society and they may re-offend.”

She said it’s important to look at the youth in the context of family and education and see whether they have been given the right skills to get into employment.

HP-MOS, which is based at Starting Point on Pickering Road in Barking, works with six European countries who compare results from different youth offending teams.

“People need to look at data from different countries to work out what is best,” Mercy said.

“Of course [youth offenders] need punishing but they also need rehabilitating into society. It’s important to look at stigmatisation.”

The event will examine alternative justice for minor offenders and their families.

It will take place on October 5 at Barking Learning Centre in the Town Square from 9am to 2pm.

For more information contact (0)5603116460 or email enquiries@hp-mos.org.uk.


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