This report, published under the previous administration, outlined the Government's commitment to "a coherent system to support offenders' children and families". It provided a framework for carrying out this work, detailing the key tasks to be undertaken and responsibilities to be assumed, at different points throughout a family's experience of the criminal justice system.
These tasks and responsibilities are assigned to services and agencies such as Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), Local Authorities, Children's Centres, Probation, Prisons and so on. The report outlines why the framework is needed, citing the potential reduction of re-offending, the negative impact offending has on children and families and the adverse outcomes these children and families can suffer. The report also sets out how the framework can be implemented, referring to government policy relevant to offenders and their families, and existing practice models that address some of the needs. An integrated, multi-agency approach is recommended with joint working across statutory services such as health, housing, social care, etc, and criminal justice agencies.
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