Criminal neglect

28th September 2001 at 01:00
It makes no sense to take young people off a school's roll whilst they are in custody, especially as education can play a vital role in rehabilitation ("Let young offenders return to the classroom", TES, August 24).

The Mansfield and Ashfield youth offending team, in partnership with schools, has a good record of getting young people back into education after a custodial sentence.

In our experience, when a school retains "ownership" of a young offender, the chance of rehabilitation increases.

But pupil-registration regulations direct local authorities to take pupils off the roll for even the shortest sentences. If they are removed, all funding for them is withdrawn. This leaves us reliant on schools' goodwill to support these young people.

This legislation undermines our work to reduce crime.

Kieran M Lee

Manfield and Ashfield Youth Offending Team, Dale Close

Chesterfield Road South

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

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