Evidence, data and analysis brought together by the Social Wellbeing Agency was used to support the Better Pathways Package, announced today by Education and Police Minister Chris Hipkins and Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni.
This package, to help give young people opportunities, improve their wellbeing and reduce youth crime, includes the following initiatives:
The Social Wellbeing Agency’s role was to lead analysis that brought together data from agencies to identify where existing support could be bolstered for higher-needs groups of children and young people. This analysis, found here [PDF, 661 KB], used data from the IDI to build on previous work [PDF, 853 KB] to identify factors correlating with youth offending.
Analysis also shows that preventing youth crime is important to preventing gang membership for young people. Based on 2000 young people in their early 20s who are currently on Corrections’ gang member list, 100% of the cohort had contact with the Police and were reported as offenders one or more times across their lives, and over half were also reported as victims of crime.